GUIDELINES have been issued by the European Commission, advising local authorities on how they can promote social concerns by incorporating them in their public procurement procedures. Brussels' Communication explains how this can be done without breaking EU laws on the subject, which are manly designed to ensure fairness and openness in bidding for public contracts. For example, products or services could be designed with social considerations from the outset; companies would then bid freely, with no risk of social concerns being ...

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