On 27 January 2011, the European Commission opened a wide public consultation, intended to inform about a legislative proposal for 2012 to revise the EU public procurement directives.
The Commission's objective is to make public spending more efficient by streamlining the procedures and tapping into the potential of the internal market. It also aims to make better use of public procurement to support wider policy goals, such as environmental protection, resource and energy efficiency, promoting innovation and social inclusion.
For this review to lead to genuinely clearer and more efficient procedures, rather than simply a tightening of the current procurement regime, it is important that users of procurement rules are involved in this process and make use of this opportunity to bring to the Commission's attention the problems they currently face.
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 Directive 2004/17/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors, OJ L 134/1, 30.4.2004 and Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts, OJ L 134/114, 30.4.2004.
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