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28/01/2011

Buying Social. A Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement

Document drawn up on the basis of SEC(2010) 1258

Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2010 - ISBN 978-92-79-18738-4 - doi:10.2767/18977


Public procurement represents 17% of the GDP of EU Member States. While preserving competition and  transparency, it may be used in a way to steer the market in a more socially responsible direction and thus contribute more generally to sustainable development. The guide will allow public purchasers to integrate with greater confidence social considerations in public procurement, while ensuring equal access to all European interested bidders and guaranteeing an efficient use of public money. The exercise is in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy and the EU goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The document is illustrated by a number of practical examples covering a broad range of social issues, such as promoting equal chances and employment opportunities, improving labour conditions, social inclusion of vulnerable persons, such as disabled persons, compliance in substance with the provisions of the fundamental ILO conventions, etc.

author(s): European Commission/DG Employment and Social Affairs Unit/ D.2 - DG Internal Market and Services/ Unit C.3
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