Answer – TTIP – liberalisation of procurement markets – E-005654/2016

Improving access to US public procurement markets continues to be a key priority for the EU in the ongoing negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The starting point for these negotiations are the commitments by both sides under the World Trade Organisation Government Procurement Agreement and the 1995 EU-US Agreement on Public Procurement.

In line with the joint EU-US objective set out by the High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth, the Commission aims to increase EU companies’ opportunities in US procurement markets at all levels of Government and on the basis of national treatment.

In light of the foregoing, the TTIP negotiations cover important topics such as transparency and non-discrimination in procurement both at central and sub-central government level. In line with the principle of national treatment, discussions also extend to obstacles created by domestic preferences currently in place in the US procurement market. New market access can also be gained through improved transparency, for instance via a single point of access to information on procurement opportunities (for instance, by setting up a US central point of information similar to the EU’s Tenders Electronic Daily) which would in particular facilitate the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the US procurement market.

The Commission aims at a balanced result in TTIP also with respect to procurement by large cities and States, by creating new opportunities in sectors such as public transport and ship building. Procurement of defence equipment is not covered by the negotiations, although procurement by defence administrations of other material is included.

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