Although public procurement is a tool that is increasingly being called upon to serve the EU’s sustainable development objectives, to date it is mainly Green Public Procurement (GPP) that has received political support.  However, GPP focuses solely on the environmental pillar of sustainable development. To be consistent with the EU's commitment to sustainable development, other aspects also need to be given prominence in procurement policies. In line with this reasoning, a shift towards using and thinking in terms of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) would be appropriate.

The current revision of the EU procurement legislation is an opportunity to widen the focus from environmental issues to sustainability issues. This opportunity should not be missed.

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Published February 1, 2012
Found in Rule of law