Procurement law is to change, read the article on the site of the European Parliament, MEPs want the new international procurement instrument to apply more widely. The Parliament in December 2021 has voted in regard of the proposed International Procurement Instrument, ‘IPI’ (press release 2016).
From the 2016 press release:
The European Commission has today presented a revised proposal for an International Procurement Instrument – a tool to promote open access to public procurement markets around the world. While the EU is an open economy, many of the EU’s major trading partners apply restrictive practices which discriminate against EU businesses. Closed procurement markets undermine competition and transparency, increase the costs of public goods and services for taxpayers and also increase the risk of corruption. Opening up non-EU markets for European companies would lead to public savings, creating a win-win situation for jobs and growth in the EU and the tender country in question.