Seminar: Market Consultation and Research in Public Procurement
Market consultation is a powerful and efficient procedure to maximise value for money in public procurement. The latest EU procurement directives specifically encourage and allow early engagement between procurement officers and suppliers in order to get advice, which may be used in the preparation of the procurement. While there are many benefits associated with this procedure, procurement practitioners still face several difficulties when applying it in practice. How can contracting authorities benefit from market consultation to the fullest, while avoiding to be accused of favouritism?