O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

terça-feira, novembro 16, 2004

Britain demands end to 'unfair' state procurement in Europe

Britain called on fellow European Union members Monday to end what it described as an "unfair" preference for national companies in the awarding of government contracts.

A government-commissioned report found that significant obstacles stand in the way of effective competition in EU public procurement markets, to the detriment of British and other EU businesses.

The report by Alan Wood, head of the British operations of engineering giant Siemens, identified "complex public procurement procedures, unfair national preference, and wavering commitment to competition and market liberalisation

The conclusions were endorsed by British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who said the issue of public procurement was an "essential element of the economic reform agenda and it cannot be ducked."

Brown said that the report singled out Spain and France.

É provável que o Reino Unido também incorra (em maior ou menor grau) nas mesmas práticas "nacionalistas" que os países-membros apontados neste relatório. Esta chamada de atenção deve, contundo, ser levada a sério. A prática de escolher "campeões" nacionais não beneficia ninguém a não ser, é claro, as empresas favorecidas.
posted by Miguel Noronha 9:34 da manhã

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