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ESA recent developments seminar 9 feb 2018

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These are the slides for the lunchtime staff workshop I gave at the EFTA Surveillance Authority on 9 February 2018 on recent trends in EEA public procurement law.

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ESA recent developments seminar 9 feb 2018

  1. 1. Some recent developments in EEA public procurement law Dr Albert Sanchez-Graells EFTA Surveillance Authority Lunchtime Seminar Brussels, 9 February 2018
  2. 2. Agenda To reflect on some of the challenges that the recent evolution of EEA procurement law may create for the enforcement of internal market and State aid law more generally
  3. 3. Selected topics Recent developments and initiatives Narrowing down of the concept of procurement Treatment of e-procurement as a SGEI Remedies and expansion of potential liability Brexit and regulatory challenges: an EEA perspective?
  4. 4. Recent developments and initiatives Commission’s October 2017 Package • 6 ‘new’ policy priorities • Professionalisation • Large infrastructure • Procurement of innovation
  5. 5. Large infrastructure Helpdesk (€250mn) Ex ante notification (€500mn) Information exchange mechanism How to treat the emerging soft law or guidance? EEA relevance?
  6. 6. ‘New’ policy priorities "Making Public Procurement work in and for Europe" COM(2017) 572 final 1. Wider uptake of strategic procurement 2. Professionalising public buyers 3. Improving access to procurement markets 4. Transparency, integrity and better data 5. Boosting digital transformation 6. Cooperation for joint procurement
  7. 7. An internal market take Will this trigger challenges based on prohibition to artificially narrow down competition? Will this trigger challenges based on general principles of EEA law (à la RegioPost?)
  8. 8. A competition law take What are the implications of some of those initiatives concerning the ‘concept of undertaking’? What scrutiny put on CPBs? What scrutiny from perspective of cross-subsidisation? What about risks of cartellisation?
  9. 9. Narrowing down of the concept of procurementFalk Pharma (C-410/14, EU:C:2016:399) NHO Service v Norway (ESA 154/17/COL) Particular relevance in the context of ‘services to the person’, but not only Tirkkonen (AGO in C-9/17, EU:C:2017:962) A move towards ‘user-choice’ systems?
  10. 10. Internal market law implications How would the emergence of ‘user-choice’ systems affect scrutiny of public expenditure from an EEA law perspective? What about potential interaction with Services Directive? Given ‘transfer’ of procurement principles to area of authorisations, are we likely to move full circle?
  11. 11. e-procurement as a SGEI Aanbestedingskalender (TenderNed) (T-138/15, EU:T:2017:675) “the Commission was entitled to state ... that e-procurement was a service of general interest, and not an inherent economic activity, which could be commercially exploited so long as the State did not offer that service itself”
  12. 12. Competition and State aid implications Towards terra nullius? How is it possible to accumulate dual exclusion of control under Art 107(1) TFEU and Art 106(2) TFEU? How can competition neutrality be ensured or at least fostered? Interaction of EU policies?
  13. 13. Remedies and expansion of potential liabilityFosen-Linjen (E-16/16) Sharp contrast with recent approach by UKSC in Nuclear Decommissioning Authority ([2017] UKSC 34) Clarification soon? Rudigier (C-518/17) What potential impact for ESA’s role?
  14. 14. Brexit and regulatory challenges Brexit-readiness notice of 18.01.2018 'Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of public procurement’ External dimension potentially more complicated than internal dimension • WTO GPA issues in the air
  15. 15. Thank you for your attention & stay in toucha.sanchez-graells@bristol.ac.uk @asanchezgraells

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