Works of EPLG members

Roberto Caranta contributed to a study on Due Diligence and EU Institutions’ Public Procurement

SAPIENS Network’s coordinator and lead researcher, Prof. Roberto Caranta, collaborated with Claire Methven O’Brien on a pioneering report examining the implementation of human rights and sustainability due diligence in the procurement activities of EU institutions. The report, titled “Due Diligence in EU Institutions’ Own-Account Procurement: Rules and Practices”, was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT). The findings reveal a gap in sustainability due diligence across the European Parliament, European Commission, and EU agencies and recommendations are made accordingly. Read the full study to discover the key findings and recommendations for more sustainable and responsible procurement practices by the EU institutions.

Digitalisation of public procurement: 6TH RESEARCH REPORT BY THE CHAIR OF PUBLIC CONTRACT LAW

La Chaire de droit des contrats publics (the Chair) of the University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, published in December 2023 the report ‘La digitalisation de la commande publique‘ (Digitalisation of public procurement). The study investigates whether digitalisation contributes directly or indirectly to improving and facilitating the practice of public procurement professionals, as well as to satisfying the fundamental principles of public procurement (equal access and treatment of candidates, transparency and proper use of public funds).

Mandatory Sustainability Requirements in EU Public Procurement Law. Reflections on a Paradigm Shift

EPLG members Willem Janssen and Roberto Caranta co-edited the anthology “Mandatory Sustainability Requirements in EU Public Procurement Law. Reflections on a Paradigm Shift”. The book, published on 5 October 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing, provides the first comprehensive appraisal of the paradigm shift towards mandatory sustainability requirements in EU public procurement law. The book includes novel sectoral studies on transport, food, clothing, and construction, discussing how change is taking place and what its major challenges are for the future. Chapters on Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and more, offer case studies of Member States that have already introduced mandatory requirements and highlight lessons learnt.

Digital Technologies and Public Procurement. Gatekeeping and Experimentation in Digital Public Governance

Professor and EPLG member Albert Sanchez-Graells will publish his monograph on Digital Technologies and Public Procurement in March 2024. His work provides a theoretical analysis and a detailed case study of public procurement digitalisation and challenges the emerging consensus that procurement is a useful tool of digital regulation. Moreover, the author proposes alternative methods of digital technology regulation, based on an innovative technology-centred transdisciplinary legal method.

Prof. Janseen contributed to the book ‘Public Procurement. Theory, Practices and Tools’

Professor and EPLG member Willem A. Janssen contributed to the book Public Procurement. Theory, Practices and Tools, co-edited by Jolien Grandia (Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Leentje Volker (Department of Civil Engineering and Management, University of Twente, Enschede).  

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