European Commission launches consultation on socially responsible public procurement

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On 7 December, the European Commission launched a public consultation on updating the guide on socially responsible public procurement.

The current guide is from 2011 when the Commission published 'Buying Social - A guide on taking account of social considerations in public procurement'. However, the guide is outdated given that over the past six years the EU has modernised its rules on public procurement and expanded the possibilities for the use of social clauses with the adoption of the 2014 Public Procurement Directives.

Through this consultation, the Commission wants to collect feedback on the scope and structure of an updated guide on socially responsible public procurement. Specifically, suggestions on what type of guidance should be published and how to make best use of the collected good practice are welcome.

Cities can contribute to this consultation until 1 March 2018, by filling in the online questionnaire here: The questionnaire is available in 23 EU languages. The results of this public consultation will feed into the new guide on socially responsible public procurement.

This consultation comes after the Commission announced plans in October for 'Making public procurement work in and for Europe'. In its communication, the Commission encourages the systematic use of strategic public procurement through raising awareness, promoting good practice and improving access to public procurement for social economy enterprises.