Public procurement : Brussels has criticised a proposal by Emmanuel Macron




PUBLIC ORDER. The european Commission has welcomed this 10 may 2017 freshly the proposal of Emmanuel Macron, who was elected president of the Republic to restrict access to european public procurement to companies that locate at least 50% of their production in Europe. Details.
Barely elected, Emmanuel Macron receives a return to “cold” in Brussels on the subject of the public order. The european Commission, in effect, upheld the may 10, 2017, freshly the proposal of Emmanuel Macron, who was elected president of the Republic to restrict access to european public procurement to companies that locate at least 50% of their production in Europe.

 

In his program, unveiled on march 2, 2017, the candidate from power up !, elected on Sunday president of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, stated that he intended to book “access to public procurement markets in europe to companies that locate at least half of their production in Europe.” Before adding that”it would continue the efforts of simplification in the access to public order.”

 

In details, this is a “Buy European Act” as he called it, in reference to the “Buy American Act” of 1933, which requires still to this day the federal agencies of the United States to obtain their supplies primarily in goods produced on american soil.

 

“This project of Emmanuel Macron is not consistent with the rules of the EU”

 

However, this project is “not consistent” with the rules of the EU, said on may 10, 2017, the vice-president of the Commission and the european commissioner for Growth and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, Finnish origin. If it is “a kind of quota,” requiring public authorities “to purchase products or services, no matter the quality, no matter the price, just on the basis of the quota of geographical, this is not consistent with our principles on government procurement”, completed the european commissioner for Growth and Competitiveness.

 

These principles “have been created to protect the interests of taxpayers” and that “the suppliers of goods and services” can “be confident that they are treated equally”, he added, on the sidelines of the presentation of a”reflection document” of the Commission on “the masters of globalization.”

 

Germany and Belgium are opposed to the project

 

According to european sources, such a proposal encounters the hostility of a part of the member States, in particular, “the nordic countries”, as well as Germany and Belgium. For its part, the State secretary at the German federal ministry of Economy, Matthias Machnig, has expressed his opposition to the proposal Macron. “I don’t think this is a good proposal. I think that Europe has always been strong when there were open markets”, explained the minister to German journalists in Brussels.
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The debate is launched…

Asked by Batiactu this may 11, 20147, an internal source from the european Commission responds : “We do not have enough information at this stage on the detail of this proposal, but it is certainly part of the debate. The Member States of the european Union’s common rules in the field of public procurement and trade policy. There is a debate rich in ideas currently on how to improve these rules. We will study these ideas and initiatives when the time came.

 




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