Centre for European Politics: A big “NO” to Third Country Access Regulation

The Centre for European Politics has come out decisively against the Commission’s proposals for regulating Third Country Access to EU markets in its policy brief published on 17 September.

CEP’s view is that giving contracting authorities the power to exclude tenders, as proposed, is arbitrary and inappropriate. Not only is it unsuitable for improving the negotiating position of the EU with third countries but it is also open to abuse as a back door route to the implementation of protectionist measures.

The – perhaps obvious – risk identified by CEP is that permitting contracting authorities and the Commission to exclude services from third countries is likely to provoke protectionist retaliatory measures.

The full text of the Policy Brief is here:


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