The EU-Commission has published a Green Paper with the title “EU public procurement policy towards a more efficient European procurement market” on 27. January 2011. This has resulted in a proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on public procurement, published on 20. December 2011. The proposal is part of EU’s 2020 strategy on achieving a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. At the same time, the Europe 2020 strategy stresses that public procurement policy must ensure the most efficient use of public funds. This master thesis will explore the proposal from a legal and economic perspective. The legal analysis will focus on whether the proposal changes to facilitate access for SMEs is consistent with the principle of equal treatment. In order to answer whether the proposal will facilitate access, the obstacles and opportunities for SME’s in the European market at this moment will be explored. The economic analysis will focus on SMEs incentive to participate in the EU public procurement at present and the proposal impact on SMEs incentive for possible adoption of the proposal. Finally, a comparative analysis of the U.S. and the EU will be made, which will explore how SMEs are handled in the markets in question.
|Educations||MSc in Commercial Law, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis|
|Number of pages||108|