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Public procurement could be next TTIP deal breaker

Datum: May 24, 2016





The warning came from the European Parliament, where the International Trade Committee was holding a hearing on Wednesday (20 April).

German MEP Bernd Lange, an SPD lawmaker from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group who chairs the committee, said public procurement could turn into a TTIP deal-breaker as negotiators seem stuck in boasting the openness of their own public contracts market.

“There has been something of a ‘beauty contest’ over which country is the ’most’ open in terms of public procurement in recent years,” said one analyst at the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), a think tank.

“And the EU has appointed itself as the fairest in all the land,” he added.

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