- Why is there a need for EU regulation? 


The lack of clear EU-wide rules governing the award of concession contracts gives rise to legal uncertainty and to obstacles to the free provision of services across the Union. It also causes distortions in the functioning of the single market. As a result, economic operators, in particular small and medium enterprises, are being deprived of their rights within the single market and miss out on important business opportunities. An appropriate legal framework for the award of concessions would ensure that all EU economic players have effective and non-discriminatory access to the EU market. It would also provide greater certainty as to the law, which would in turn encourage more public investment in infrastructure and strategic services for the citizen.