EU greener purchasing guidelines launched

Business warns that European Commission handbook goes beyond EU procurement law

A mixed welcome met a European Commission handbook for greener public purchasing at its official launch in Brussels on Friday. The handbook was first issued in July following a revision of EU public procurement rules in 2003 (EED 25/08/04).

The most outspoken criticism came from a representative of EU business association Unice who, whilst broadly welcoming the publication, cautioned that making a contract dependent on environmental conditions could be discriminatory.

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