British plan on procurement of food might lead to legal challenges
In July 2014 the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a new plan for public procurement of food. It includes criteria such as seasonality, nutrition and sustainability. A scorecard and a procurement toolkit shall help public sector agencies to make better informed purchasing decisions when buying catering surfaces. An online procurement portal will allow suppliers to register their services or products and check them against the procurement scorecard. The British government hopes that this will enable farmers and SMEs to enter the market and bid for public contracts.
The problem with the plan is that it puts the focus on ‘buying British’. This could lead to legal challenges over the principle of non-discrimination within the single European market. This ensures that bidders from all EU member states have equal opportunity to apply for a public contract.
Brochure “A Plan for Public Procurement“