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26th October 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment Employment & Immigration Internal Market Justice & Litigation

Analysis: “No race to the bottom for reserved procurement procedures, but where is the top?” by Tom Huisjes

In its judgement in Conacee (C-589/19), the Court of Justice has ruled for the first time on how to interpret Article 20 of Directive 2014/24, according to which Member States can reserve public procurement procedures to promote the integration of disabled or disadvantaged people in society (for a brief description of the judgement see this News Alert).

The promotion of employment for disadvantaged persons has been a key part of public procurement for decades (Beentjes, 31/87). Article 20 of the Directive allows procedures to be reserved to sheltered workshops and economic operators whose main aim is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons or may provide for such contracts to be performed in th

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