Green Paper on Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
The European Commission released on 4th May a Green Paper on public-private partnerships (PPPs). This document aims to see whether it is necessary to improve existing rules in order to ensure that economic operators have access to PPPs under conditions of legal clarity and real competition.
Over the last ten years, PPPs have been developing in several Member States, and they are now used in many areas of the public sector, including public transport.
The choice of a private partner by a public authority must be made in accordance with Community rules on the awarding of public contracts.
However, there is no specific system under Community law of PPPs and the Community rules on awarding public contracts are applied to PPPs with differing degrees of intensity.
The Green Paper sets out the scope of Community rules, with a view to identifying any uncertainties and assessing to what extent Community intervention might be necessary.
Updated : July 1, 2004