Commission launches initiative to improve public procurement

The Commission published yesterday a Communication on Making Public Procurement work in and For Europe. According to its press release, the 4 objectives of this initiative are:

  1. Definition of priority areas for improvement
  2. Voluntary ex-ante assessment of large infrastructure projects
  3. Recommendation on professionalisation of public buyers
  4. Consultation on stimulating innovation through public procurement

All of these initiatives warrant some though and consideration, but at a glance it is refreshing to see the Commission interested in the wider picture of public procurement instead of bringing its gaze as usual to the procedural aspects of how a purchase is conducted.

I've just talked with Albert and we'll be making a short procurement tennis session on these four topics over the next few days. His first entry on the voluntary ex-ante assessment is already up.