Public Procurement (Green Paper)

Citizens, organisations and authorities may comment on the Green Paper and its 114 concrete questions within a consultation procedure. The Commission wishes to reform the tools and methods of public procurement in order to improve teh process and to increase the efficiency of public spending. In future, public procurement is to take into account “policy objectives”, such as the promotion of innovation.


Greater flexibility in public procurement, e.g. by more room for manoeuvre in negotiating contract terms, increases the efficiency of public procurement. However, this must not lead to public contractors having discretionary powers so great that they start pursuing irrelevant goals. The instrumentalisation of public procurement for the achievement of policy objectives, in particular for implementing Europe 2020 targets, is to be rejected.