ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Jan 2014In January 2014, the European Commission announced a change in the access to public tenders.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Press release European Parliament: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20140110IPR32327/html/MEPs-back-tool-to-help-EU-firms-compete-for-public-contracts-in-third-countries
Affected trading partners: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=SWD:2012:0057(54):FIN:EN:PDF
On January 15, 2014, the European Parliament published a press release in connection to its plenary session, explaining that the Parliament had voted in favour of a tool that will allow EU member states to block non-EU firms from bidding for public procurement contracts, unless the home countries of those firms allow EU firms to tender for their public procurement contracts. The support for this initiative was broad based and the motion passed by 479 votes to 184.
The measure will now be negotiated with the Council in order to draft a Regulation to that effect. The restriction will only apply to contracts worth EUR5 million or more, excluding VAT, and only in cases where at least 50% of the total value of the goods or services involved originates outside the EU. Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) are to be excluded.