EUROPEAN COMMISSION. Buying Social A Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Unit D.2
Directorate-General for the Internal Market and Services. Unit C.3
Manuscript completed in October 2010

A guide on taking account of social considerations in public procurement. The new guide is a very concrete tool to help public authorities to buy goods and services in a socially responsible way in line with EU rules. It also highlights the contribution public procurement can make to stimulate greater social inclusion.

The guide will allow public purchasers to integrate with greater confidence social considerations in public procurement, while ensuring equal access to all European interested bidders and guaranteeing an efficient use of public money. The exercise is in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy and the EU goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The document is illustrated by a number of practical examples covering a broad range of social issues, such as promoting equal chances and employment opportunities, improving labour conditions, social inclusion of vulnerable persons, such as disabled persons, compliance in substance with the provisions of the fundamental ILO conventions, etc.

– Texto en inglés:EUL14136_SocConsidPubProcu_101210

El objetivo de esta Guía es sensibilizar a las entidades adjudicadoras sobre las posibles ventajas de las CPSR y explicar de forma práctica las oportunidades que ofrece el marco legal actual de la UE para que las autoridades públicas puedan tener en cuenta los aspectos sociales en las contrataciones públicas y, de esta manera, prestar atención no sólo al precio sino también a la oferta económicamente más ventajosa. Para elaborar esta Guía, la Comisión realizó numerosas consultas a las autoridades públicas de los Estados miembros y a muchos otros interesados y participantes.

– Texto en español: UE. Guía contratación social