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Parliamentary questions
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6 November 2014
E-008844-14
Question for written answer E-008844-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Philippe Juvin (PPE)

 Subject:  Asymmetric opening of public procurement markets
 Answer in writing 

According to data from the Commission published in March 2012, 95% of public procurement markets in the EU (to the tune of EUR 352 billion) are already open to international bidders, but some of the EU’s trading partners are reluctant to open up their markets to European companies. Thus, European companies are allowed to bid for only 32% of public tenders in the United States (EUR 18 billion), 28% in Japan (EUR 27 billion) and 16% in Canada (EUR 9 billion). Furthermore, no contestable public procurement markets are open to EU bids despite commitments to openness having been made in China, Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey and Australia.

1. Can the new Commissioner confirm these figures and thus confirm that US, Japanese and Canadian public procurement markets are closed compared to the EU market?

2. Does the Commission have any more recent figures regarding access to third-country public procurement markets for European companies, or does it intend to update the above figures?

3. What importance will the new Commissioner attach to promoting the principle of reciprocity in EU trade policy over the next five years?

Original language of question: FR 
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