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References to brand names continue to plague ICT procurement throughout Europe

OFE - For the fifth consecutive year, OpenForum Europe reports on the EU Member States' practice of referring to specific trademarks when procuring for ICT products. In this report, we found that 17% of all tender notices contained an explicit reference to specific brands, and a worrying 13% either directly asked for the provision of specific products (in breach of EU law), or gave them a strong preference. Some countries, like Italy and Slovenia, are doing much worse in this regard than others. Overall, these results show a trend of continued discrimination that distort competition and waste the EU taxpayer's money.

Procurement Report  2013 - 1st Snapshot