Campaigners hail "landmark" procurement ruling

EU court says authorities justified in setting green requirements in "Helsinki bus" case

Environmental campaigners have hailed a European court decision supporting Helsinki city authority's purchase of a fleet of low-pollution buses as a "landmark" development in their efforts to green EU public procurement law. A coalition of 13 groups is now calling for a rewrite of draft new procurement rules to take account of the judgement.

In a ruling delivered today, the court said that Helsinki was justified under EU law when it included the buses' emission profile in the criteria determining its choice from a range offered by prospective contractors. EU legislation states that authorities must accept the "economically most advantageous" tender, often taken to be the cheapest.

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
subs@endseurope.com
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.