Answer given by Mr McCreevy on behalf of the Commission
The first question of the Honourable Member concerns the possibility of including living-wage conditions in the procurement processes. Living-wage conditions may be included in the contract performance clauses of a public procurement contract ‘provided they are not directly or indirectly discriminatory and are indicated in the contract notice or in the contract documents’(1). In addition, they must be related to the execution of the contract. In order to comply with this last condition, contract performance clauses including living-wage conditions must concern only the employees involved in the execution of the relevant contract, and may not be extended to the other employees of the contractor.
The above considerations shall not be considered as an opinion of the Commission on the London Living Wage policy of the Great London Authority or on other similar policies, as the Commission is not aware of the exact conditions of implementation of these policies.
As regards, the second question of the Honourable Member, at this stage there are no plans to amend the EU public procurement regime.
Recital No 33 of Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts.