Stock-taking of administrative capacity, systems and practices across the EU to ensure the compliance and quality of public procurement involving European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds
Final report - Study
A well-functioning procurement system is important for all European Union Member States both for their own budgetary efficiency, and in the context of their management and control of European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. However, procurement has been identified as a major source of deficiencies at audit, which can be attributed in large part to a lack of sufficient administrative capacity in terms of human resources, systems and tools, and governance structures. This stock-taking study provides a systematic assessment of the public procurement systems of each Member State with a... particular focus on the administrative capacity currently in place. Based on desk research, field interviews, case studies, and an online survey of practitioners, the study assesses each system’s strengths and weaknesses and provides country specific recommendations for reform. It also identifies a list of good practices for strengthening administrative capacity and improving outcomes, and makes recommendations to the Member States generally, as well as to the European Commission, on how to implement the good practices and lessons learnt.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (European Commission) , PWC Themes: Public procurement , Regional policy and regional economies
- Subject: administrative reform , administrative structures , economic growth , electronic government , EU Member State , investment policy , public contract , Structural Funds