Select Committee on European Communities Minutes of Evidence



  The current TACIS Regulation calls for the Commission to "diversify" in the competitive tendering process between firms, organisations and institutions. This article was inserted by Member States (mainly Greece and Spain) wishing to see a greater share of contracts awarded to their national companies.

  If the article on diversification is to remain in the new Regulation, we believe it should be interpreted as diversification between smaller and larger firms, profit making and non-profit making organisations, including NGOs, rather than as an excuse for national quotas of contracts. The larger firms are currently also prejudiced by Annex III of the Regulation, which sets out a series of principles governing the award of contracts, prohibiting the Commission from treating previous working experience as a positive factor in the shortlisting of competitive tenders.

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