About: public procurement

Agrifood 26-06-2018

School canteens find it difficult to be supplied with local products

Local farmers are increasingly sought after by catering establishments, which want to improve their food supply and enhance local production. However, public procurement rules hinder their plans. EURACTIV.fr reports.
EU-China 27-03-2018

Croatia’s Bosnia-bypass bridge progresses as Chinese bid gets green light

An EU-funded bridge project that will connect Croatia's southernmost tip with the rest of the Adriatic nation moved up a gear on Monday (26 March), when a public procurement body signed off on a Chinese company's construction bid.
Economy & Jobs 28-07-2017

China’s new Silk Road risks unravelling in Hungary

China’s planned railway link between Greece and Central Europe has hit difficulties after the project was accused of flouting EU rules on public procurement in Hungary. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

EU wants to tackle public procurement ‘imbalance’ with foreign countries

The European Commission has raised concerns about the limited access EU companies get to public markets abroad, proposing measures to tackle the “imbalance”.
Energy 09-01-2017

Commission notes cast doubt over approval of Russian-backed nuclear project

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission was prepared to spoon-feed arguments to Hungary to close an investigation into the controversial €12 billion Paks II nuclear plant project, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.com
Trade & Society 31-05-2016

Mexican minister: Trade talks with EU will be less controversial than TTIP

Mexico's Economy Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, visited Brussels on Monday (30 May) to launch a process to upgrade the 16-year-old EU-Mexico trade agreement. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, the Mexican economist eyes 2018 as the year to conclude an “ambitious” deal.
Trade & Society 21-04-2016

Public procurement could be next TTIP deal breaker

As EU-US negotiators prepare for a new round of transatlantic trade talks in New York next week, officials fear TTIP might run into a new brick wall: Public procurement.
Trade & Society 10-03-2016

Latest round of TTIP talks boost momentum

Progress was made in the latest round of TTIP talks, but negotiators have a long way to go if the deal is to be signed before Barack Obama leaves office. Michael McKeon gives a briefing on the latest developments.
Hendrik Bourgeois and Daniela Vincenti
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2016

Bourgeois: Time for EU, US to speed up TTIP negotiations

As negotiators prepare for the 12th round of TTIP talks on Monday (22 February), the challenge remains for both parties to get out of their comfort zones, make compromises to reach a substantive political agreement by the end of the year, said Hendrik Bourgeois, chair of TTIP Taskforce of AMCHAM EU.
Transport 13-10-2015

Direct subsidies can spur green transport innovation, regions told

Handing subsidies, including EU funding, directly to local governments - rather than to industry - can spur green innovation in public transport, regional leaders were told today (13 October).
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Economy & Jobs 19-03-2015

No EU-US trade deal by 2015, says TTIP expert

“I don't think the [TTIP] deal is going to be done in 2015,” said Joseph P. Quinlan, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University.
Central Europe 30-01-2015

Romanian leaders endorse the Commission’s monitoring report conclusions

The new European Commission report on Romania’s law enforcement reforms has been well-received in Bucharest, as it confirms the progress made in the government's fight against corruption. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Trade & Society 13-01-2015

TTIP for dummies

In the wake of the global economic crisis and the deadlocked Doha round of international trade talks, the EU and the United States started negotiating a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which seeks to go beyond traditional trade deals and create a genuine transatlantic single market. But the road ahead is paved with hurdles.
Central Europe 13-11-2014

Romanian anti-corruption chief: Fraud often begins when tenders are written

SPECIAL REPORT: Often those who write the technical specifications of tenders play a key role in the corruption schemes for public procurement, the Chief Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania (DNA) Laura Codru?a Kövesi told EURACTIV Romania.
Central Europe 13-11-2014

Confiscation of criminal profits reluctantly applied in Romania

SPECIAL REPORT: The European Commission considers confiscation a strategic priority in the fight against organised crime and corruption. However, Bucharest is still hesitant to introduce this practice. EURACTIV Romania reports.
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Central Europe 11-11-2014

Fraud complainants in Romania face €100,000 bill

SPECIAL REPORT: Romanian public procurement legislation was modified significantly this year by the government, which introduced restrictive conditions for lodging a complaint against suspected fraud. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Central Europe 10-11-2014

Journalism project uncovers public procurement fraud in Romania

SPECIAL REPORT: Public procurement in Romania is a €17 billion market, but more than 60% of procedures are hit by complaints. A new project has highlighted fraud and irregularities in the system, and suggested how to improve the situation. EURACTIV Romania reports.

EU brings innovation into public procurement rules

The European Parliament has updated EU rules on public procurement on Wednesday (15 January), introducing new provisions allowing for environmental, social considerations and innovation to be taken into account when public contracts are awarded. The move is not aimed at privatising public services, MEPs insisted however.
Global Europe 21-09-2012

EU, China leaders agree to disagree

With a trade dispute over subsidies, arms embargo and the market economy status looming in the background, EU and Chinese leaders ended their last summit with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, making little progress on substance but promising to work towards an EU-China Investment agreement.
Trade & Society 09-03-2012

EU to confront China with ‘reciprocity’ in public contracts

Tired of seeing European companies blocked from Chinese public tenders, the European Commission is preparing plans later this month that will allow individual EU countries to bar foreign bids from countries that refuse to open up their public procurement markets, EURACTIV can reveal.

EU bets on social business to boost growth

Convinced that economic growth patterns of the past will not be viable in the future, the European Commission has started a crucial dialogue with stakeholders to ensure that social enterprises are given the means and the recognition to grow, as it is fully aware that policies alone are not enough.
Competition 02-11-2010

Commission resists calls for new rules on social services

The European Commission sees no need for major changes to EU legislation affecting social services, despite pressure from politicians and social NGOs who claim that current rules cause problems for public authorities and service providers.
Digital 11-10-2010

EU to push patent-free eGovernment

The European Union is on the cusp of writing public procurement rules which favour patent- and royalty-free technologies, according to software giants who argue that the rules echo Chinese public procurement laws. 

Innovation hampered by ‘risk averse’ public authorities

Tapping into Europe's multi-billion euro public procurement market will be a central component of the EU's forthcoming research and innovation plan, but risk aversion in the public sector remains a major barrier to change.