Modernization of EU Public Procurement Policy & Reciprocity in Transatlantic Public Procurement     Print Email
Wednesday, 18 July 2012

On July 18, The European Institute welcomed a delegation from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) to a breakfast discussion on the Parliament’s role in the ongoing reform of the European Union’s public procurement policy. The committee members focused on the main aspects of the European Commission’s proposal to modernize the EU’s public procurement agreement, as well as the potential implications of these reforms for transatlantic trade. Michael Smart, Vice President at Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC, moderated the discussion with The Honorable Malcolm Harbour, Chairman of the IMCO Committee and The Honorable Heide Rühle (Germany – Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance) and The Honorable Edvard Kožušnik (Czech Republic – European Conservatives and Reformists Groups), Members of the IMCO Committee and Shadow Rapporteurs for public procurement. 

 
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    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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