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Public Procurement for Social Progress – A Social Platform guide to the EU Public Procurement Directive

In April 2014 the EU’s Public Procurement Directive came into force. Member states have until 18 April 2016 to transpose the Directive into national legislation. Our guide puts forward our recommendations and outlines opportunities to help member states and contracting authorities to embrace the full social potential of the Directive.

Key messages

  1. Encourage the evaluation of bids on the basis of the Best Price-Quality Ratio, in particular those concerning social and health services
  2. Member states should include the provision on reserved contracts (article 20) in national legislation, to support persons with disabilities and disadvantaged persons in accessing employment opportunities
  3. Allow reserved contracts for social services provided by social economy operators
  4. Develop in all member states support mechanisms for contracting authorities, social economy enterprises and businesses
  5. Contracting authorities, where feasible, should award contracts in the form of separate lots

Download the guide in English here. The guide is also available in French, Spanish, German, Croatian, Italian and Portuguese.