Public Procurement and the EU Competition Rules, 2nd Edition

(Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015) [ISBN: 9781849466127]

17 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2015

Date Written: November 5, 2014


Public procurement and competition law are both important fields of EU law and policy, intimately intertwined in the creation of the internal market. Hitherto their close connection has been noted, but not closely examined. Th is work is the most comprehensive attempt to date to explain the many ways in which these fields, oft en considered independent of one another, interact and overlap in the creation of the internal market. This process of convergence between competition and public procurement law is particularly apparent in the new 2014 Directives on public procurement that, in a novel way, consolidate the principle of competition in terms very close to those advanced by the author in the first edition.

This second edition of the book builds upon this principled approach and continues to ask how competition law principles inform and condition public procurement rules, and whether the latter (in their revised form) are adequate to ensure that competition is not distorted in markets where public procurement is particularly significant. The second edition of the book also deepens the analysis of the market behaviour of the public buyer from a competition perspective. The analysis remains both legal and economic.

Proceeding through a careful assessment of the general rules of competition and public procurement, the book constantly tests the efficacy of the rules in competition and public procurement against a standard of the proper functioning of undistorted competition in the market for public procurement. It also traces the increasing relevance of competition considerations in the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and sets out criteria and recommendations to continue influencing that line of development of EU Economic Law.

Keywords: public procurement, competition, directive 2014/24, EU economic law, law and economics

JEL Classification: D43, D44, H57, K21, K23, K42

Suggested Citation

Sanchez-Graells, Albert, Public Procurement and the EU Competition Rules, 2nd Edition (November 5, 2014). (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015) [ISBN: 9781849466127], Available at SSRN:

Albert Sanchez-Graells (Contact Author)

University of Bristol - School of Law ( email )

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Queen's Road Clifton
Bristol, BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom


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