Public sector procurement is a hugely important part of a governments’ influence on the economy, both in terms of its size and the way in which it is conducted. The EU has introduced laws to open public procurement contracts to suppliers from anywhere in the Union, and is currently re-examining policy towards the use of procurement to achieve ancillary objectives.
Competitive procurement is an important way of bringing the benefits of competition into the operations of regulated utilities.
Our studies in this area have provided contributions to policy development, and reviewed procurement decisions as they affect smaller firms, defence contractors, the railway business, and the purchase of pharmaceuticals by the Portuguese regulatory authority.
Our projects have provided advice on issues such as:
Our clients in this area have included the European Parliament, the European Commission (DG Internal Market and Services, DG Enterprise and Industry), the European Defence Agency, the UK’s Office for Government Commerce, and the Enterprise Trust.
Our in-house experts in this area include: Dermot Glynn, Pau Salsas, Iona McCall, Nick Owen and Deborah Drury.