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


Procurement by Utilities

The term “utilities” is commonly used to describe the organisations which deliver services – such as the provision of water, electricity, gas or transport – to a community as a whole, typically through fixed networks. In some EU member states activities in the utilities sector are entrusted to government organisations which are public entities, while in other states bodies in the utilities sector are wholly private undertakings, and even both private and public entities operate in the same utilities markets. The Utilities sectors are covered by separate and more flexible procurement rules in the European Union (Directive 2004/17/EC). SIGMA Brief 16 summarises these specific rules.


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