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Social procurement - 14.10.2009

EU institutions must clarify framework on social procurement
The Employers' Platform of the Council of European municipalities (CEMR-EP) and the European Federation of Public Services Union (EPSU) have called on the EU institutions to clarify EU framework for local initiatives.on social procurement.
EPSU and CEMR at the meeting of their sectoral social dialogue committee on 9 October discussed possible joint actions on social procurement in light of the forthcoming guide from the European Commission on socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), expected now to be published towards the end of 2009.
They underlined that social procurement can be an opportunity for local and regional authorities to act responsibly when buying goods. They must however have freedom to take into account the full range of economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of public procurement.
CEMR and EPSU also stressed that local and regional authorities must have the opportunity and necessary information available for assessing if public procurement is the right method to provide a particular service and be able to compare and evaluate different options, as well as to monitor and evaluate how the services are provided in practice.
The full position is available on EPSU website.
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