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European Commission

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Brussels, 19 November 2013

Commissioner Michel Barnier welcomes European Parliament consent to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation's Government Procurement Agreement

“I welcome today's decision by the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) - the only legally binding agreement in the WTO on the subject of government procurement. This will ensure that GPA Parties will further open up their domestic public procurement markets to EU bidders. In addition this will make public procurement rules more transparent. I look forward to a rapid conclusion of the revised GPA by the Council before the Bali Ministerial Conference.”

Background

On 14 June 2013 the Council asked for the European Parliament's consent on the proposal for the Council Decision concluding the revised GPA. The revised GPA will enter into force when two-thirds of the parties have ratified the agreement, hopefully in the first quarter of 2014.

In total, 15 parties are currently part of the agreement (Armenia, Canada, the EU with respect to its 28 Member States, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, The Netherlands with respect to Aruba, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, and the United States).

According to WTO estimates, the revision of the GPA will bring extra procurement opportunities worth around 80 billion euro. Moreover, the revised GPA should facilitate and attract new members to join. For more information on the GPA agreement, see IP/11/1556.

The Bali Ministerial Conference will take place on 3-6 December 2013.

For further information see:

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/rules/gpa-wto/index_en.htm


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