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Thursday, 4 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Public procurement strategy package (debate)

  Rupert Matthews (ECR). – Mr President, thank you for calling me to speak on this important issue. When it comes to government procurement, big is convenient. Big companies and big contracts are beloved by far too many who award government contracts. But small is beautiful. Small companies can be more effective, more efficient and very often cheaper than their large rivals.

Unfortunately, however, smaller companies are very often excluded from tendering for contracts, and I’m very pleased to be supporting this report, which seeks to address that.

But we need to go further. In my region, smaller companies suffer very often from late payments, from convoluted bureaucracy, from all sorts of bureaucratic hoops that they have to jump through in order to get the contracts and in order to be paid after they have done the work.

Small is beautiful. Small companies offer a good deal to government, a good deal for local workers. We must do more to encourage them.

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