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Public consultation on the setting up of the voluntary ex ante assessment mechanism for large infrastructure projects

In the Commission Communication ‘Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and businesses’ of October 2015, the Commission undertook to introduce a voluntary ex ante mechanism to assess the procurement aspects of certain large-scale infrastructure projects. The assessment mechanism is a tool to support Member States in the process of implementing big infrastructure projects, by checking and advising on whether their planned procurement procedures comply with EU law. The assessment mechanism should help reduce delays in the planning phase of big infrastructure projects and minimise the risk of infringements once the project has been launched.

This initiative is linked to the Investment Plan for Europe, and in particular the objective to improve the business environment. The 29 November 2016 Communication 'Investment Plan for Europe: evaluations give evidence to support its reinforcement' foresees the preparation in the course of 2017 of a 'one-stop-shop' for all Member States, bringing together all responsible Commission services – including its Representation offices in the Member States – in a single investment policy team”. This one-stop-shop concerns all relevant EU rules and procedures, e.g. EU funding, public accounting rules, environmental permits and public procurement.

In this context, the Commission intends to introduce an ex ante assessment mechanism for the public procurement procedures of large infrastructure projects. This would consist of three elements:

  1. a helpdesk for specific questions on public procurement for these large-scale infrastructure projects.
  2. a notification mechanism.This is intended to reassure those responsible for the project that their procurement strategy and planned procedures are in line with EU rules.
  3. a mechanism for exchanging information on projects between Member States and/or project promoters so that the promoters, the Commission and the Member States’ authorities can learn from each other’s experience.

The consultation will cover all three elements of the proposed preliminary assessment mechanism. Its goal is to clarify the most complex aspects of the mechanism.

Please note that in order to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process, only responses received through the online survey (EUSurvey) will be taken into account and included in the report summarising the responses. Deadline: 14/04/2017.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

More information and reference documents available on the EC website.

Source: European Commission, DG GROWTH © European Union, 1995-2017