Traditionally, European public procurement law aims at the opening-up of the EU market of public contracts for the supply of works, goods and services and for concessions. Governments may, however, pursue additional goals through public procurement also. One could think of the desire of governments to acquire works, goods or services against the lowest possible total cost by the delivery of a high-quality performance with an eye to the optimal life cycle. The government may also use public procurement to improve access of small and medium enterprises to public contracts markets. One could further think of governments acting as launching customers in promoting the development of innovative market solutions, and in encouraging environmental and social sustainability as regards products and services to be supplied, including the protection of human rights.
Social responsible procurement is mainly left to policy decisions of procuring governments. It is being debated, however, whether and to what extent public procurement law ought to impose duties upon governments to pursue additional policy goals as well, when designing and completing their public procurement processes. This project aims to contribute to this debate.
|Researchers:||M. Vogel; Prof. dr. C.E.C. Jansen|
|Topic:||Allocation of scarce rights by the government|
|Approach:||European Union law and national law|
• C.E.C. Jansen, ‘De inschrijver als hoeder van het algemeen belang? Reactie op A.J. van Heeswijck, ‘De verplichting tot het creëren van zoveel mogelijk “maatschappelijke waarde” voor de publieke middelen’, Tijdschrift voor Bouwrecht 2015/22, p. 463-465.
• M. Vogel, ‘Promoting human rights compliance through public procurement (regulation): the new European Directive’, in: International Public Procurement Conference, Book of Proceedings, 14th-16th August 2014, Dublin, Ireland, p. 980- 989.