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Public Procurement, EU
On 17 April 2014 the new Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU) came into force. Member states have until 18 April 2016 to transpose the Directive into national legislation.
Although the Directive provides contracting authorities with a vehicle to achieve social and environmental goals, they are not obliged to pursue those goals. Following the detrimental impact on services of the economic crisis and the ensuing cuts to national budgets, member states must not miss this golden opportunity to reverse
the curve on declining quality and frequency of service provision.
This guide is aimed at supporting member state representatives in the transposition of the directive and contracting authorities in its implementation. It also intends to facilitate the understanding of the Directive by social economy enterprises and non-profit social and health service providers.