Procurement law is not at odds with Compact, report concludes

Findings should put an end to questions about compatibility, says Compact Voice

European procurement law is compatible with Compact principles, according to a guide published this week by the Commission for the Compact.

The document, called The Compact and Procurement Law, provides answers to frequently asked questions about the relationship between procurement law and the Compact, the agreement that sets out how public bodies and third sector organisations should treat each other.

The report, compiled with third sector legal specialists Bates Wells & Braithwaite, is intended to help people who commission services and third sector organisations that work with the public sector.

It was published in response to frequent questions to the Compact Advocacy Programme, which is run by the NCVO, suggesting that the two sets of legal principles might not be compatible.

"We have had cases where public commissioners claim EU procurement rules preclude Compact compliance," said Oliver Reichardt, head of the Compact team at Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector on Compact issues. "This guide shows that this is simply wrong. Government now needs to ensure that this message gets to all public commissioners to stop this myth once and for all."

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