Tag: European Union

USTR’s China 301 Report: Procurement of Medical Devices

On May 14, the White House announced increased tariffs on $18 billion of imports from China across “strategic sectors,” including steel and aluminum, semiconductors, electric vehicles, batteries, critical minerals, solar cells, ship-to-shore cranes, and

US-EU Best Practices for Green Public Procurement

The United States and the European Union (EU) illustrated how governments can contribute to green public procurement (GPP) by publishing an extensive list of initiatives, policies, and actions that they have implemented. With their Joint EU-U.S.

EU Foreign Subsidies Cases: One Terminates, Two Commence

Since February, the European Commission has initiated three in-depth investigations of Chinese-owned companies to determine whether they have received foreign subsidies that give them an unfair advantage in an EU public procurement. In March, it terminated

Key Procurement Developments in 2023

A recently published briefing paper outlines key developments in international procurement that may be of particular interest to US suppliers. The paper, Key International Procurement Developments in 2023, published by Thomson Reuters, outlines activities in

GPA Parties Criticize OMB Infrastructure Guidance

Parties to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), led by the European Union  and echoed by Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, criticized US  implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) at a

North Macedonia Implements WTO Procurement Agreement

North Macedonia became the 49th WTO member to implement the plurilateral WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on October 30th, four years after the last accession (Australia in 2019). The accession fulfills a commitment made by North

Preferences and Unilateral Measures in Public Procurement

A paper examines how preferences and unilateral measures impacting procurement are creating tensions in the international trading system. These measures are extending beyond the procurement sector and its international disciplines. They are being

Final Infrastructure Guidance: No Trade Agreement Provisions

The White House’s final guidance on implementing the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA Act), issued on August 14, added no provisions to its proposed guidance for the application of the Act’s ‘Buy America’ preference to

US-EU Green Public Procurement Initiative

The United States and the European Union (EU) are teaming up on a green public procurement initiative. As two leading parties to the plurilateral WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), their joint action could have a significant motivating effect on

WTO Procurement Committee Resumes Business 

Following a hiatus of nearly two years, the WTO Government Procurement Committee has – at last – selected a new chair, enabling it to resume its work. On May 17, it selected Martin Zbinden from Switzerland as Its new leader. This post looks