SIGMA Public Procurement Briefs

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SIGMA Public Procurement Briefs provide input for training systems that are in compliance with EU public procurement legislation and practices and with related national legislations. They contribute to the improvement of professional skills of procurement officers and managers – both in the public sector (contracting authorities) and the private sector (economic operators). Some of the briefs are available in other languages, namely Armenian, Azeri, Romanian and Russian


Concessions and PPPs

Concessions are contracts where the consideration for the works or services to be carried out consists either solely in the right to exploit the work or service, or in this right together with payment. The acronym PPP refers to Public-Private Partnership. PPPs tend to be complex and long term contracts. The award of works concessions is subject to the rules of the public procurement Directive, while the award of services concessions with a cross-border interest is subject to the principles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. However, the concept of works and services concessions is a concept of EU law and must be interpreted in line with it. SIGMA Brief 18 offers guidance on current EU rules on concessions and PPPs.


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