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    New Article on Socially Responsible Public Procurement by Carol Cravero

    A new article was just published in the Arctic Review on Law and Politics (vol. 8 (2017)) by Carol Cravero: Socially Responsible Public Procurement and Set-Asides: A Comparative Analysis of the US, Canada and the EU. Here is the abstract: Public procurement can be used to achieve goals other than purely economic ones. Such goals are often referred to as “social linkages”. A preference for social considerations has been gaining ground against the dominant best value for money (BVM) paradigm over the past few decades. In the past, public procurement policies followed the principle of non-discrimination and free competition beyond national boundaries. Today considerations other than (purely economic) BVM have become…

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    Smart Public Procurement and Labour Standards – new book out (with 20% discount here)

    A new book will be published in March 2018, edited by EPLG member Albert Sanchez Graells: Smart Public Procurement and Labour Standards. Pushing the Discussion After Regiopost (Bloomsbury 2018). The book also contains contributions by other EPLG Members Piotr Bogdanowicz and Roberto Caranta. The book can be pre-ordered at www.hartpub.co.uk. Just use the use the discount code CV7 at the checkout for a 20% discount. Here is a flyer, available for circulation. And here is the abstract: Smart procurement aims to leverage public buying power in pursuit of social, environmental and innovation goals. Socially-orientated smart procurement has been a controversial issue under EU law. The extent to which the Court of Justice (ECJ) has supported…

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    EPLG Members Spoke in Turin on September 22 on military procurement 🗓 🗺

    On September 22, 2017, EPLG members Luke Butler, Roberto Caranta, Mario Comba, and Martin Trybus spoke at the conference International Public Procurement: comparing the EU and the US. The case of military procurement, co-organised at the Centro Congressi Torino Incontra of Turin, Italy, by the Istituto Universitario di Studi Europei, the Centro di Diritto Comparato e Transnazionale, the Law Department of the University of Turin, Confindustria Piemonte, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Torino, with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo.

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    European Procurement Law Group’s meeting, Helsinki 4-5 September 2017 🗓 🗺

    On 4-5 September 2017,​ the members of the European Procurement Law Group will assemble to Group’s annual meeting. This year the meeting will be hosted by Dr. Kirsi-Maria Halonen in Helsinki, Finland. During these two days the Group will discuss matters related to transparency at different stages of public procurement procedure, during the contract execution phase as well as during court proceedings. This will be the topic of the Group’s next comparative book on public procurement, including chapters on the objectives of disclosure and transparency rules as well as country chapters from Denmark, EU institutions, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden. Update 5 September 2017: here…

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    EPLG Members Spoke at the Copenhagen University on May 4 and 5 🗓 🗺

    On May 4 and 5, 2017, EPLG members Piotr Bogdanowicz, Roberto Caranta, Dacian Dragos, Kirsi-Maria Halonen, Steen Treumer and Martin Trybus spoke at the international conference on Procurement beyond price: Sustainability and CSR in public purchasing, organised by Marta Andrecka at the Copenhagen University. Presentations are available at this link. Here are some pictures from the conference.

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    New Publication by Kirsi-Maria Halonen on Aggregation Rules under Public Procurement Law

    A new publication was released by Kirsi-Maria Halonen, Characteristics of Separate Operational Units – A Study on Aggregation Rules under Public Procurement Law. It is a report for the Swedish Competition Authority, and can be downloaded here. The concept of separate operational unit was introduced in 2014 Procurement Directives, but the directives provided very little guidelines on its interpretation or application. According to the 2014 directives a contract value can be based at the level of a single unit operating within a contracting authority in case it is independently responsible for its procurement. The Swedish Competition Authority requested the EPLG member Kirsi-Maria Halonen to look into the matter and in February…

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    EPL Group members Gave Speeches at the International Public Procurement Conference 🗓 🗺

    On 19 January 2017, three members of the European Procurement Law Group – Roberto Caranta (Italy), Kirsi-Maria Halonen (Finland) and Piotr Bogdanowicz participated in the International Public Procuremet Conference “New Public Procurement Law: Simpler and More Flexible?” held in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference was organized by COBALT Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Finance and Tartu University. More than 250 participants, including representatives of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Commission, academics, government officials and practitioners, discussed topics related to transposition of the 2014 directives. Roberto Caranta made a presentation on “Self-cleaning experience”, the title of Kirsi-Maria Halonen’s presentation was “Recent developments in Finland regarding policies within…