Sustainable Public Procurement as an Instrument for the Implementation of Sustainable Development in the European Union

Sustainable Public Procurement as an Instrument for the Implementation of Sustainable Development in the European Union

Małgorzata Burchard-Dziubińska (University of Lodz, Poland) and Tomasz Jakubiec (City Hall of Lodz, Poland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1033-9.ch005

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The aim of the considerations is to assess the effectiveness of sustainable public procurement (SPP) as a tool for the implementation of sustainable development in the European Union. The chapter discusses the legal bases for the use of sustainable public procurement in the EU, the potential of the public sector in the implementation of sustainable development through public procurement in the EU, functioning of the market for sustainable public procurement, market potential of the public sector of the European Union in the implementation of sustainable development through public procurement, good practices and barriers related to green public procurement (GPP), and socially responsible procurement (SRPP). The chapter ends with conclusions from the research and practical recommendations regarding the use of sustainable public procurement in the European Union.
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Sustainable public procurement by applying criteria which reduce the negative impact on the environment and affecting attitudes and socially responsible actions, ensuring social inclusion, is aimed at implementing technical and organizational solutions, methods and materials to obtain goods and services or implement investments in a way which guarantees that they will have an impact on the environment and social environment much more favorably than those obtained in a traditional way. In order to successfully achieve the desired environmental and social goals, it is necessary to appropriately implement actions in the legal system, in particular relating to public procurement. In the European Union, this problem was noticed already in 2001, when the Interpretative communication of the Commission on the Community law applicable to public procurement and the possibilities for integrating environmental considerations into public procurement COM (2001) 274, and Interpretative Communication of the Commission on the Community law applicable to public procurement and the possibilities for integrating social considerations into public procurement, COM (2001) 566 were adopted.

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