Public Procurement

The European Parliament has approved new public procurement rules that will give more weight to environmental considerations in the awarding of contracts in the water, energy and transport sectors. The new legislation, which was already agreed with the Council of Ministers in June 2013, overhauls the current EU public procurement rules and for the first time sets common EU standards on concession contracts to boost fair competition and ensure best value for money by introducing new award criteria that place more emphasis on environmental considerations, social aspects and innovation.

The European Parliament’s internal market committee (IMCO) is due to vote in favour of the compromise between Council and Parliament adopted at the end of the Irish Presidency of the EU in June. The committee vote is one of the last legislative hurdles before the procurement package becomes law. The package put forward by the European Commission at the end of 2011 consists of three directives.