Edited by Grith S. Ølykke and Albert Sanchez-Graells
Chapter 2: The evolution of EU public procurement rules and its interface with WTO: SME promotion and policy space
This chapter examines the evolution of the EU public procurement directives and their interface with the EU’s obligations under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA). The analysis indicates that the EU’s directives have evolved through reform to meet its changing environment and policy objectives. However, it also suggests that while the EU was a pioneer party to the WTO GPA, not all of its new horizontal policy statements, such as towards SMEs, appear to be fully compatible with its commitments under the WTO GPA and enshrined in its Appendix to the Agreement. Consequently, while the EU has identified new initiatives to promote or protect SMEs, it may not be able to effectively meet its policy objectives and at the same time be fully compliant with its international obligations.
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