European Integration and Public Procurement

  • Christopher Bovis


The definition of public procurement is a complex one. It depicts a series of practices and government actions interacting with public policy. Public procurement could be best described as the supply chain system for the acquisition of all necessary goods, works and services by the state and its organs when acting in pursuit of public interest. Public procurement constitutes a significant modus operandi in the public sector arena and it stands as the procedural prerequisite for the delivery of public services. Apart from reasons relating to accountability in public expenditure, avoidance of corruption and political manipulation, the regulation of public procurement within the European legal and political systems has acquired a multi-disciplined dimension. The regulation of public procurement, does not only represent a best practice in the delivery of public service by the state and its organs, it most importantly qualifies as an instrument of policy. The spill-over effects from the deployment of a particular strategy relevant to the procurement practices of the public sector will have significant implications for national and international trade patterns as it can be detrimental to any economic and political integration process a European Union state is committed to.


Member State Public Procurement Relevant Market Common Market Legal Regime 
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© Christopher Bovis 2005

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