Reciprocal access to public procurement markets

09-01-2014

Effective trade defence instruments are fundamental to the new EU trade policy set out in the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The proposed regulation would establish the possibility to restrict access to the European Union’s internal market in public procurement of goods and services to entities from third countries which do not provide similar access to EU firms. The European Commission aims to create leverage for the EU in trade negotiations, and so improve conditions for access by EU business to government contracts in third countries.

Effective trade defence instruments are fundamental to the new EU trade policy set out in the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The proposed regulation would establish the possibility to restrict access to the European Union’s internal market in public procurement of goods and services to entities from third countries which do not provide similar access to EU firms. The European Commission aims to create leverage for the EU in trade negotiations, and so improve conditions for access by EU business to government contracts in third countries.