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Conference on the modernisation of EU public procurement policy towards a more efficient European procurement market

The Commission has hold a conference aimed at discussing with stakeholders the future orientations for the modernisation of the EU legislative framework for public procurement. The Commission presented the results of the ex-post evaluation of the existing legislation and the public consultation via the Green Paper launched in January 2011 (the EFCI submitted its position paper on 18th April 2011). The conference was divided in 3 panels as follows:

  • Welcome and introduction: Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services  
  • Keynote Speech: Maxime Verhagen, Deputy Prime Minister, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
  • Panel I: Simplification of procurement procedures and better access to markets – squaring the circle?
  • Panel II: Strategic use of public procurement in support of other policies
  • The Reform: a view from the European Parliament: Malcolm Harbour, Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee
  • Views from a future Council Presidency: Michael Dithmer, Permanent Secretary of State, Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs
  • Panel III: The future of public procurement - New challenges, new tools, key priorities for the legislative proposal
  • Conclusions: Jonathan Faull, Director General, Internal Market and Services, European Commission