ANNEX F |
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.