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Parliamentary questions
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18 December 2014
E-011061-14
Question for written answer E-011061-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Danti (S&D) , Sergio Gaetano Cofferati (S&D)

 Subject:  European Commission's withdrawal of the regulation on reciprocity in international procurement markets
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has announced its intention to withdraw the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on access for third-country goods and services to the EU internal market in public procurement and on procedures to support negotiations on access for EU goods and services to third countries' public procurement markets, and to amend it ‘in line with the priorities of the new Commission’.

By the Commission’s own admission, ‘the EU’s main problem is the lack of adequate leverage in international negotiations with trading partners to correct imbalances and secure meaningful undertakings as regards EU companies' access to public procurement markets’.

The European Parliament approved the regulation at its first reading on 15 January 2014.

— Can the Commission explain in detail the reasons for withdrawing this legislative proposal?

— Can the Commission say if and when it is planning to present a new legislative proposal concerning international procurement markets to guarantee as swiftly as possible that these markets become genuinely open, based on the principle of reciprocity with the high level of access the EU already guarantees foreign companies to its public procurement markets?

Original language of question: IT 
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