This year´s meeting focused on Central Purchasing Bodies in the EU and addressed topics of interest from a general and comparative perspective. as well as national reports on the use of CPBs in the different EU Member States.
This book provides a timely analysis of transparency in public procurement law. In its first part, the book critically assesses a number of key matters from a general and comparative perspective, including corruption prevention, competition and commercial issues and access to remedies. The second part illustrates how the relevance of these aspects varies across member states of the EU.
Transparency in EU Procurements. Disclosure Within Public Procurement and During Contract Execution, a new book co-edited by EPLG Members Kirsi-Maria Halonen, Roberto Caranta and Albert Sanchez-Graells, is on pre-sale now (please visit this address)! From the publisher’s website: This book provides a timely analysis of transparency in public procurement law. In its first part, the book critically assesses a number of key matters from a general and comparative perspective, including corruption prevention, competition and commercial issues and access to remedies. The second part illustrates how the relevance of these aspects varies across member states of the EU.
EPLG members Luke Butler, Roberto Caranta, Kirsi-Maria Halonen, Gabriella Racca and Martin Trybus will be at the Public Procurement: Global Revolution IX: see the programme at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-socsci/pprg-global-revolution/documents/grix-programme-final-10-6-19.pdf
The first meeting of the new group of experts in the European Commission’s Stakeholder Experts Group on Public Procurement took place on 3rd of April in Bucharest, Romania. EPLG’s member from Finland Dr. Kirsi-Maria Halonen is part of the current Experts Group continuing bringing academic input to the work of the Group following the example of Dr. Albert Sanchez Graells, an EPLG member who was part of the Group during the previous mandate. In the April meeting, Dr. Halonen gave a presentation on collusion in public procurement focusing on consortia bids and bids from affiliated companies. The discussion on collusion is related to Commission’s plans to draft guidelines in relation…
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…
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.
EPLG Members Roberto Caranta, Dacian C. Dragos, Alberto Sanchez-Graells and Pedro Telles will speak at the Procurement Week 2017 organised by the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies in London, @ The Cristal, 21st – 23rd March 2017.
The principle of effectiveness is one of the fundamental principles in EU law. Even though the principle ensures the effectiveness of all EU legislation, it also has a key role in the interpretation of EU procurement rules. The Cour of Justice of the European Union has often address the principle of effectiveness in its case law and has consistently held that, in the absence of EU rules governing the matter, it is for every member state to lay down the detailed rules of administrative and judicial procedures for safeguarding rights, which individuals derive from EU 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…