- Will the new rules force public authorities to award public service supply contracts to the private sector? 

 
 

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No. MEPs included a provision that "this Directive should not in any way affect the freedom of Member States and public authorities to perform works or provide services directly to the public to outsource such provision by delegating it to third parties" .


Member states remain free to decide how they want public works and services to be performed. If they wish to keep them in house, they may of course continue to do so. However, if a public authority decides to outsource service supply (e.g. to a private company) and concludes a contract with such an entity, the provisions of the new directive would apply.