European local authority associations have welcomed a European parliament and EU council of ministers deal on Tuesday finalising two directives governing public procurement contracts in the EU. The new laws could open the door to a significant increase in green purchasing of anything from office equipment to public transport vehicles to food.
The directives simplify and modernise EU rules governing some €1.4bn worth of public contracts granted annually, equivalent to 14% of the bloc's GDP. After two legislative readings EU governments and MEPs remained split principally over how far authorities can take social and environmental criteria into account in granting contracts (EED 05/11/03).
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