Safeguarding competition and equal access to Central Purchasing Bodies’ agreements

The research project will investigate and analyse whether central purchasing bodies’ agreements are safeguarding the aim of the procurement rules and find new ways of creating competitive and flexible agreements.

Central purchasing bodies (CPBs) conduct procurement procedures on behalf of other contracting authorities. Aggregated procurement can lead to better prices and quality for contracting authorities and ultimately for the tax payers. On top of this, the individual contracting authority will save a significant amount of transaction costs by not conducting procurement procedures themselves. However, this type of purchasing have often preferences for contracts with a single supplier in order to lower transaction costs, and this puts economic operators in a position in which they need to work together in order to be able to bid for the agreement – and such cooperation can be seen as an anticompetitive agreement (Art. 101 TFEU). Other potential negative effects of aggregation are linked to excessive concentration of purchasing power and collusion, as well as a reduction of market access opportunities for SMEs. This research project seeks to clarify the rules and analyse how competition can be ensured.

The project is divided into 4 work packages:

WP 1: CPB perspective

WP 2: Undertaking and market perspective

WP 3: User perspective

WP 4: Parallel agreements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Hamer, Carina Risvig Associate Professor +4535330367 E-mail

2 ph.d. students and 1 post.doc from September 2021.

External Researchers

Funding

Safeguarding competition and equal access to Central Purchasing Bodies’ agreements has received a four year funding of 9,4 mill DKK from Independent Research Fund Denmark (Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant and DFF Inge Lehmann).

Project: Projects: Safeguarding competition and equal access to Central Purchasing Bodies’ agreements & Parallel framework agreements
(Case number: 0167-00031A Sapere Aude & 0167-00032A Inge Lehmann).

Period: 01-01-2021 – 31-12-2024

Contact

Carina Risvig Hamer

PI Associate Professor
Carina Risvig Hamer


South Campus, Building: 6B.3.21
DK 2300 Copenhagen S
Phone: +45 35 33 03 67
Mail: carina.hamer@jur.ku.dk