This briefing note gives an insight into the key issues surrounding price comparison websites in the context of the Competition and Markets Authority study of digital comparison tools. Just how beneficial are they to consumers?
DG MARKT has published Europe Economics' work on Directive 2004/17/EC, which extends the EU Public Procurement rules to the utility sectors. This work estimates for the first time the value of the procurement subject to this Directive and assesses, given the changes in the utility sectors since the introduction of the Directive, the continued rationale for applying the Directive to the utility sectors.
DG MARKT has published Europe Economics' work on the quantification of the benefits of the EU Procurement Directives. This work estimates econometrically the relationships between improved procurement practice and final values of specific awards of contracts, on one hand, and the number of bidders, on the other, using the database on contract award notices published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Our report on the role of the US Small Business Administration in public procurement has been published by the Enterprise Trust.
To access the report through the Enterprise Trust website, click on 'Procurment and SMEs in the US'.