Lessons from Jurisprudence

  • Christopher Bovis

Abstract

Subjecting the public procurement legal framework to the scrutiny of the European Court of Justice has revealed a distinctive pattern. This pattern is reflected in the Court’s judgements and embraces two approaches: a positive and at the same time a restrictive interpretation of the regime. Although at first sight the stance taken by the European judiciary may seem contradictory, the Court’s bi-focal approach, serves the European institution’s efforts to strengthen the three principles (non-discrimination, objectivity and transparency) underlying the regulation of public procurement1 It is worth mentioning the emphasis that the legal regime has placed in pursuing these principles in the preamble of the Works Directive …it is necessary to improve and extend the safeguards in the directives that are designed to introduce transparency into the procedures and practices for the award of such contracts, in order to be able to monitor compliance with the prohibition of restrictions more closely and at the same time to reduce disparities in the competitive conditions faced by nationals of different Member States.

Keywords

Shrinkage Decis Terion Monopoly Elimin 

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