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Cities with a Cause. Are EU rules an obstacle to the growing movement of progressive public procurement?

Some European cities are trying to use their spending power – via public tendering – to promote social justice and environmental goals. However, this is in a context of neoliberal EU procurement directives that were designed to promote a single market for public procurement, where contracts go to the bidder with the lowest price.

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By Olivier Hoedeman

Olivier Hoedeman (@olivierhoedeman) is a co-founder of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), a Brussels-based research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policymaking. He is also co-founder of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER- EU), a coalition of NGOs across Europe.

Illustration: Eduardo Luzzatti

Photo: Marketa CC BY-SA via flickr.

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