Public Consultations on EU Trade Policy (01/07/2011)

The European Commission has recently launched two public consultations on aspects of EU trade policy and how it should develop in the future. These may be of interest to stakeholders in India and all interested parties are invited to make their views known, if they so wish.

1) Public Consultation on an Initiative on Access of Third Countries to the EU's Public Procurement Market:

Through international commitments (WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and bilateral/regional FTAs), the EU advocates an ambitious opening of international public procurement markets and has committed itself to granting market access to its public procurement market for certain foreign goods, services and companies.

In contrast to the EU’s policy favouring greater openness, many third countries are reluctant to (further) open their procurement markets to international competition, which limits business opportunities for EU companies in these markets. Similarly, some trading partners have maintained or introduced protectionist measures hitting EU companies.

In this context, the Commission is currently carrying out an impact assessment analysing how to set proportionate, coherent and effective terms of access to the EU public procurement markets for foreign goods, services and companies.

The replies to this consultation will feed the impact assessment with data, information and views of stakeholders on the current situation on the public procurement market of the EU and of third countries and on the (possible) effects of EU legislation in this field.

You can provide your views on this through an online questionnaire which will be open until 2 August. The consultation documents can be found here:

(NB: there are three separate links under which to contribute depending on whether you wish to contribute as 1) a citizen, NGO, trade union or think-tank 2) on behalf of a business or trade association of businesses or 3) on behalf of a contracting authority, association of contracting authorities, a government institution or regulatory authority)

2) Public Consultation on a New Trade and Development Communication

The second consultation seeks stakeholders' views on the manner in which the EU can best help developing countries that currently do not benefit from international trade. The feedback received will be used to set the agenda for EU Trade and Development actions over the coming years. The ultimate aim is to optimise all opportunities to boost inclusive growth and reduce poverty in developing country partners.

This online consultation is open until 21 August.

The consultation documents, including an explanatory brochure, can be found here:

Brochure pdf - 174 KB [174 KB]

Consultation Documents