Measurement of impact of cross-border penetration in public procurement
Final report - Study
The EU public procurement rules seek to promote transparency and competition in procurement markets, to the benefit of all EU contracting authorities. Penetration of cross-border purchasing in public procurement is a gauge of the extent to which public procurement rules have successfully created transparent and competitive markets for public purchasing across all EU Member States. This study makes a detailed assessment of the level and trends of cross-border public procurement and seeks to identify the factors that explain observed differences across all the sub-markets that are subject to the... public procurement Directives. The extent to which EU public sector entities engage in cross-border purchasing is analysed at award-level using the TED database and, at the macroeconomic level, using alternative statistical sources for trade data. Public sector definition and, to a large extent, data sources, follow those of previous studies in order to maintain comparability. The study covers all EU Member States and an additional six comparator countries, over the period 2009-2015, where data is available.