Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry/Foreign & Commonwealth Office

  Sub-Committee B considered this document, and your Explanatory Memorandum, at its meeting on 19 June 2006.

  We are satisfied that the Commission's proposal fits broadly with the UK's own policy objectives on securing fairer access to public procurement across the EU. However, as you note, it is important that the approach taken on the introduction of the standstill period be "proportionate to its objectives". We would be grateful for any updates you can provide the Committee on the course of negotiations in Council and the European Parliament.

  We will hold this proposal under scrutiny at this stage.

20 June 2006

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