Launch of European campaign on implementation of new EU public procurement Directives

EPSU has joined forces with environmental, social and fair trade NGOs, social enterprises, city networks to make sure that EU public procurement directives adopted last year are transposed into national law in a way that social, ethical and environmental considerations can be included in public procurement processes. Governments and public authorities do have scope to promote sustainable development through public procurement - but only if the chose to do so. EPSU with the other campaiging organisations has produced a leaflet (which will be translated) explaining why public procurement is important and giving arguments to persuade governments to implement the directives in a positive way. The leaflet contains a model letter to be sent to government ministers. We have also produced a first joint guide to the directives looking at social, environmental and ethical issues.