Public procurement

Public procurement makes up about one third of government expenditures and thus represents an important direct source of income for all companies. However, access to public procurement is generally more difficult for SMEs than for larger firms. Barriers include a lack of information on procurement opportunities, large volumes and broad capability requests, restricted access to certain contracts, disproportionate high technical and financial qualification levels, short tender deadlines, high submission costs, high insurance and financial guarantee requirements, administrative burdens and difficulties to identify bidding partners.

For these reasons, EBC calls for the proper interpretation of European public procurement legislation together with national and regional bodies in order to grant direct access for SMEs to public tenders and avoid distortive criteria that disadvantage SMEs.

Since January 2019, EBC Vice-President Philip van Nieuwenhuizen is a member of the European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement, ensuring SMEs’ access to public tenders and equal participation conditions for SMEs.


  • EBC Annual Conference 2019 - Public Procurement: how to improve access for construction SMEs? - - Read more  
  • Public procurement: EBC Vice-President appointed as member of Commission Stakeholder Expert Group - - Read more  
  • OECD Forum on public procurement for SMEs: a better implementation of the EU Directive is needed - - Read more  
  • Public Procurement Package: Construction SMEs need a better implementation of the Directive - - Read more  
  • The European Single Procurement Document is problematic - - Read more  
  • Public procurement: EBC presents concrete examples of award criteria at the Single Market Forum - - Read more  
  • New rules on public procurement: EBC speaks at the DG Markt Conference - - Read more  
  • Public Procurement Directive - The main responsibility rests now in the hands of Member States - - Read more  
  • Public Procurement Directive - Assessment of the final trilogue agreement - - Read more  
  • Position on the trialogue negotiations for the public procurement directive - - Read more  
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