The Law of Green and Social Public Procurement in Europe

Posted on Tuesday 21st September 2010

The Director of the Institute of European Law, Professor Martin Trybus, and his Italian colleague, Professor Roberto Caranta, joined forces to edit a recently published book on a very topical issue: The Law of Green and Social Procurement in Europe.

The main objective of public procurement regulation is to provide the government with the supplies, and works it needs to operate. This primary objective is connected to the principle of value for money and for the European Union with the aim to ensure the functioning of the internal market in public procurement. However, other objectives related to environmental and social concerns have always played a role as well. These range from the award of contracts to workshops for the disabled to strict environmental specifications. These ‘secondary’ or ‘horizontal’ objectives, also referred to as ‘green procurement’ or ‘social procurement’, are the subject of this book.

The analysis covers the European Union internal market law of green and social procurement with emphasis on the interpretation, implementation and practice in a range of Member States of the EU and includes a comparative study to which law professors from eight EU Member States contributed.

The Law of Green and Social Procurement in Europe is the second volume of the European Procurement Law Series edited by Professor Roberto Caranta (University of Turin) and Professor Steen Treumer (University of Copenhagen) published by Djøf Publishing in Copenhagen.

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