Public procurement markets and international market access

Posted on Thursday 29 September 2011

On 27 September 2011, the European Parliament discussed and adopted in plenary the report on ‘A new trade policy for Europe under the Europe 2020 strategy’. 

The new resolution demands the Commission to ensure better access to foreign markets for European service providers. The resolution of the Parliament notes that while the EU internal market is quite open to foreign service providers, access for EU suppliers abroad is not as open. Therefore, more reciprocity in international public procurement markets is requested.

However, it is clearly stated that ‘some public services have to remain excluded on the basis of national or regional cultural diversities’. No further specification is made of which categories of public services should be excluded. The European Commission is requested to submit a new strategy to strengthen the EU's external trade policy by 2013. Access to the EU market for international service providers will also be included in the Commission proposal on public procurement to be published later in 2011.
Read the new resolution adopted by the Parliament here