The EU Council adopts a new public procurement directive that results in the consolidation of the principle of competition

The "new" principle of competition in Directive 2014/24: a new set of presumptions?* The adoption of Directive 2014/24 of 26 February 2014 has resulted in the consolidation of the principle of competition in Article 18. According to the wording of this provision: "The design of the procurement shall not be made with the intention of […] artificially narrowing competition. Competition shall be considered to be artificially narrowed where the design of the procurement is made with the intention of unduly favouring or disadvantaging certain economic operators". In my opinion, despite the positive aspects of the express recognition of the principle of competition in the new EU Directive, the inclusion of a subjective element and the reference to the prevention of corruption or the

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Albert Sánchez Graells, The EU Council adopts a new public procurement directive that results in the consolidation of the principle of competition, 26 February 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2014, Art. N° 66516

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