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Parliamentary questions
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31 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006490-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nadine Morano (PPE)

 Subject:  Trade relations with the United States
 Answer in writing 

Public procurement accounts for 15% of the GDP of OECD countries. According to figures published by the Commission in 2012, 85% of the EU public procurement market is open to non-EU bidders, but only 32% of US public procurement is open to companies from the EU. These figures highlight a significant imbalance in our trade relations and a lack of reciprocity, stemming in particular from the provisions of the ‘Buy American Act’ and the ‘Small Business Act’.

1.Against this background, can the Commission state how it is going to increase reciprocity in EU-US trade relations, particularly in the field of public procurement?

2. If the lack of reciprocity were to persist, would the Commission consider taking steps to deny non-EU companies access to certain parts of the EU public procurement market if the country in which the non-EU companies are based bars EU companies from its public procurement market?

Original language of question: FR 
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