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References to brand names continue to plague ICT procurement throughout Europe

Brussels 16th October 2013 - For the fifth consecutive year, OpenForum Europe examined the EU Member States' practice of referring to specific trademarks when procuring for ICT products. In our latest report released in October 2013, we found that 17% of all tender notices issued contained an explicit reference to specific brand. This figure remains consistently high, indicating a trend of continued discrimination.

EU procurement laws try to ensure that public procurement at both national and EU level gives equal treatment to potential bidders and doesn't discriminate in favour of one or another supplier. Naming trademarks in tenders is viewed as discriminatory, and is usually against existing EU procurement laws, except under specific and exceptional circumstances.

 Public procurement accounts for 19% of the EU's gross domestic product – around 2.4 trillion euros, according to Eurostat figures from 2011. By specifying one preferred supplie public bodies are inadvertently helping dominant firms maintain their stranglehold on markets to the detriment of smaller competitors. Not only that, but the lack of competition often leads to greater expenses, resulting in a waste of EU's taxpayers money.

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 Procurement Report  2013 - 1st Snapshot