The book provides an overview of European procurement legislation. The state, both at national and local level, is by far the biggest purchaser of supplies, works and services in every national territory. Historically such awesome purchasing power has been used as a tool by national governments to pursue their economic objectives - with some contractors being favoured, and others shut-out, according to current policies at the time. The book explains why it was considered necessary to make pan-European regulations to open up public procurement to objective competition and how the regulations have evolved over the 30 years that these policies have been in force.
The book has 10 chapters on EU countries which set how the EU procurement rules have been implemented in that country, and the ways in which a contractor can challenge any tendering procedures adopted by its public authorities.
The main author is Alan Tyrrell, who has been involved with European legal problems for 20 years as a practitioner and Euro MP. His co-author is Becket Bedford, a barrister practising European and commercial law. There are also 15 contributing authors specialising in the laws of the jurisdictions featured.