Tag: International Procurement Instrument

EU Gains New Trade Tool: Anti-Coercion Instrument

The European Union (EU) is adding a new tool to its defensive trade measures that will allow it to retaliate against countries trying to coerce it or its member states to take certain action.  In June, its co-legislative institutions – the

EU Agreement on Foreign Subsidies Regulation

The European Union (EU) has reached an agreement on a regulation that would enable it to reject bids from suppliers that receive foreign subsidies that distort the EU internal market. The Regulation gives the European Commission the power to investigate

GWU Webinar on Protectionism in International Procurement

The George Washington University presented a webinar on September 7 on “New Protectionism in International Public Procurement.” The discussion included unilateral procurement actions by the United States and the European Union (EU). For the US, the

EU Adopts Procurement Reciprocity Regulation

After a decade-long effort, the European Union (EU) in June adopted a new trade tool aimed at achieving reciprocity by opening third-country public procurement markets and improving market access opportunities for EU suppliers, goods, and services. The new

Canada Considers Procurement Restrictions

Canada is exploring options for responding to the expansion of “Buy America” policies in the United States. It is considering measures that would allow it to restrict access to its federal procurement and federally funded infrastructure projects when the

EU Advances Measure to Force Open Foreign Procurement

The European Union is once again moving forward with a long-stalled proposed procurement regulation. It would allow the EU to close procurement or impose penalties when countries do not open their government procurement to EU companies. At the end of May,

Consequences of Potential U.S. Withdrawal from GPA

On February 4, Bloomberg news service reported that President Trump is considering issuing an executive order that would withdraw the United States from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). This post considers some of the likely consequences of

EU Business: Rebalance China Relationship

In a January report, BUSINESSEUROPE, a leading business organization, called on the European Union to rebalance its relationship with China in order to address systemic challenges arising from its state-led economy that are leading to market distortions

EU: New Push for Measure to Open Procurement

On March 22, the European Council (heads of the European Union’s member states) called for resuming efforts to adopt a regulation aimed at opening procurement markets of third countries, in particular China. This post outlines the proposed measure,

Do Open Markets Decrease China’s Incentive to Join GPA?

December will mark the 10th year since China began negotiations to join the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). In the ensuing years, it has submitted six offers, with its latest offer tabled three years ago. While GPA parties continue to press it to