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11.02.2014 00:00 Age: 6 yrs

New Public Procurement Directive to Support Work Integration Social Enterprises

The new Directive seeks to include societal goals in the procurement process including environmental protection and social responsibility


On 11th February the EU Council adopted the reform of the EU Public Procurement Directives. In particular, the new Directive seeks to include “greater inclusion of common societal goals in the procurement process including environmental protection and social responsibility.”

For Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE), who provide job and training opportunities for persons distanced from the labour market, the Directive brings positive change, recognition and support to such structures in tendering processes. In particular, the Directive has further opened up reserved contracts to economic operators who employ at least 30% of disadvantaged or disabled workers. Having such an EU wide social clause sends is very much welcome, especially for countries where WISEs are not very much supported at EU level.

For social enterprises working in waste management, tendering procedures for collection, preparation for reuse and recycling of waste could thus make use of these social clauses and support the social value of reuse and preparation for reuse activities.

Following publication of the Directive at the end of March, Member States will have 24 months to transpose the Directive into national law.  

Further Links:

New Public Procurement Directive

European Council Press Release