15 Jan 2014
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (JANUARY 10, 2013) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL)
1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS CONFEDERATION CONSTRUCTION BUILDING FROM OUTSIDE
2. CUTAWAY: VINCENT DETEMMERMAN TALKING ON THE PHONE
3. VINCENT DETEMMERMAN (DIRECTOR EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS) SAYING (FRENCH):
"We have recently done a survey amongst our members, nearly 460 companies answered us, and 80% of them denounced this situation. "
4. CUTAWAY: VINCENT DETEMMERMAN WORKING ON HIS COMPUTER
5. VINCENT DETEMMERMAN (DIRECTOR EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS) SAYING (FRENCH):
"One of the major problems are the abnormally low prices that definitely need to be more strongly controlled. I also think that we need to start looking for the most economically advantageous offer instead of the lowest prices which induces inappropriate behaviours and actions."
FRANCE, STRASBOURG (JANUARY 15, 2013) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL)
1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN STRASBOURG (EXTERIOR)
2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE VOTE ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
3. MARC TARABELLA (EP RAPPORTEUR ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT) SAYING (FRENCH):
"We started from the observation that public procurements in Europe represent 19% of the GDP of the Union. This is why we want to modernise and simplify the procedures so that small and medium enterprises, which are the economical fabric of Europe, can participate more and better to public procedures of which they often feel excluded. But we also want to go towards more efficient and sounder spending which respect social and environmental criteria's."
4. CUTAWAY: CLOSE-UP ON TARABELLA'S EYES
5. MARC TARABELLA (EP RAPPORTEUR ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT) SAYING (FRENCH):
"Tomorrow, when an offer will be abnormally low because it doesn't respect collective work conventions, it will be excluded. But it is also important to tell entrepreneurs that it is not the lowest price which counts anymore and which often led to social dumping."
6. CUTAWAY: CLOSE-UP ON TARABELLA'S EYES WHILE TALKING TO A JOURNALIST
7. MARC TARABELLA (EP RAPPORTEUR ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT) SAYING (FRENCH):
"I would like to add the necessity of subcontracting's transparency. It needs to be promoted so that small and medium enterprises participate more to public procurement but it has to be sound, not successive and uncontrolled, which also lead to social dumping. "
8. CUTAWAY: CLOSE-UP ON TARABELLA'S EYES WHILE TALKING TO A JOURNALIST
After two years of intense discussions, the European Parliament today in Strasbourg gave its final green light to new rules affecting procurement and concessions contracts between public authorities and businesses.
In a separate vote on the external dimension of public procurement, Euro MPs urged the European Commission to defend these rules when it negotiates trade and investment agreement with non-EU countries.
S&D Euro MPs welcomed the outcome of the votes which will allow fairer competition and avoid social dumping.
The European Parliament's lead negotiator, S&D Euro MP Marc Tarabella said:
"These new rules are a step forward in the fight against social dumping and will offer a high-quality service for citizens.
"Public authorities will be able to insist that social criteria are respected, including collective bargaining for tenders. This will help to eradicate abuses on construction sites where social dumping has become routine.
"For the first time, mandatory rules on transparency will be introduced in the subcontracting chain. We need to identify clear responsibilities when several subcontractors are involved in the same project.
"Contracting authorities will be able to award procurement contracts on the basis of the 'most economically advantageous tender' and no longer on the lowest price offer.
"Public procurement procedures will be more transparent and effective in order to ensure sound and efficient public expenditure."
S&D Group negotiator on concession contracts, Antonio Panzeri, added:
"The new social and environmental requirements will also apply to the management of specific services of general interest such as gas, electricity or transport.
"These criteria apply to all parties along the chain of sub-contractors.
"Public authorities will be able to decide whether they would like to manage these services themselves, using their own resources, or in collaboration with other public authorities.
In this context, water has been excluded from the directive. Water is a vital resource that requires special consideration.
"The aim of these new rules is not to encourage the privatisation of public procurement. The Socialists and Democrats are keen to ensure that public services are accessible to everyone at an affordable price. These services of general interest are essential to the well-being of citizens" he concluded.
On the external dimension of public procurement, S&D Group spokesperson on trade Bernd Lange added:
"We S&Ds have pushed for compliance with national and international labour rights and environmental standards to be mandatory when assessing tenders from countries outside the EU.
"Contracting authorities and the European Commission must ensure that they are respected, just as we would expect from any partner with whom the EU signs a trade agreement."
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