EU Public Procurement


Corruption scandals and irregularities tied to public procurement are still common in member states despite the relatively rigorous public procurement rules set at the EU level.


It is crucial that anti-corruption is at the heart of the revision of EU rules regarding public procurement. Effective EU public procurement legislation and enforcement guarantee the best value for money in public expenditure. Civil society has a strong role to play in supporting public institutions through the monitoring of contract implementation.

Written contributions to EC Consultations:

    • 5 May 2012: Transparency International recommendations regarding the Commission’s proposal for a reformed Public Procurement directive. Read More.
    • 31 January 2011: Transparency International’s contribution to the public consultation of the European Commission on E-Procurement. Read more.
    • 18 April 2010: Transparency International’s contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation on modernising public procurement policy in Europe. Read more.
    • 29 June 2009: TI contribution to European Ombudsman on the Commission’s Early Warning System (EWS). Read more.
    • 3 June 2009: TI contribution to the consultation launched by the European Commission (DG Trade) on the Draft Interim Report for the EU-Andean Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment. Read more.
    • 29 April 2009: TI contribution to the consultation launched by the European Commission (DG Trade) on the Draft Interim Report for the EU-CentralTrade Sustainability Impact Assessment. TI highlighted the importance to prevent corruption in the procurement cycle of free trade agreements. Read more.

Blogs posts specific to the campaign:

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EVENT: How Can Civil Society Help Prevent Fraud in Public Procurement?

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Public money is at risk of being lost to misappropriation, fraud, and even corruption. That’s why transparency is essential. The new Red Flags project aims to enhance the transparency of public procurement in Hungary and supports the fight against corruption …

Posted 10 Mar 2016 No Comments

The A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria
Photo via Wikimedia / Glebb - Creative Commons

The Eternally Unfinished Highway

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If you’re planning to drive to Sicily, or Reggio Calabria or Tropea this summer you’ll likely spend some time on the A3 or Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway. The main artery through the “Mezzogiorno” or Italy’s south. Beset by vistas of green …

Posted 23 Feb 2016 No Comments

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ERROR: Transparency Not Found

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Last month the European Court of Auditors published a special report called “Efforts to address problems with public procurement in EU cohesion expenditure should be intensified”. What that translates to in non-Brussels speak is how EU funds are being lost …

Posted 7 Oct 2015 No Comments

Read more:

  • EU Public Procurement
  • events:


    • January 2014 (expected): European Parliament indicative plenary-sitting date for the adoption of the procurement directives.
    • 1 October 2013: European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) publishes “Identifying and Reducing Corruption in Public Procurement in the EU“.
    • February 2013: MEPs on the Internal Market Committee give a mandate to the rapporteurs for the “Public Procurement, Utilities and Concessions Directive” to begin informal negotiations with EU Member States.
    • Oct-November 2012: Collective advocacy action between TI-EU and TI-national chapters in the EU in support of key amendments.
    • September 2012: TI-EU expresses preferences over adoption of amendments.
    • June  2012: TI-EU proposes amendments to the main directive.
    • May 2012: TI-EU publishes recommendations on the “Classic” Directive
    • December 2011: European Commission adopts Public Procurement proposals,
    • 2010/2011: Commission consultation, TI submits two contributions on e-procurement and public procurement


    research results:


    • 2010 – Excellence and Integrity in Public Procurement Training project for public officials working in EU Member States that are responsible for the procurement of EU funds. The project was implemented in nine EU Member States via TI’s National Chapters (Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy. Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia). This project has been co-funded by the European Commission (OLAF) under the Hercule II Programme 2007-2013 : A Community action programme to promote activities in the field of the protection of the Community’s financial interests.

    reference documents:

    EU documents

    Transparency International documents

    • May 2012: Transparency International’s recommendations of the review of the EU Public Procurement regime.  Read more.


    Contact details

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