#3 The EU Green Deal in light of public procurement law & Academic life after COVID-19


  1. Does EU public procurement law currently contain an obligation to procure sustainable outcomes?
  2. Does the Green Deal create a paradigm shift from possibilities to obligations to procure green?
  3. Why does Green Deal prioritize environmental procurement above social procurement?


  1. How will academic life change after COVID 19 in terms of travels?
  2. What changes are potentially positive and what we will miss about the old school approach of meeting face-to-face?

In this episode of Bestek, we discuss a topic that is very close to both of our own research projects: sustainable public procurement . We look at this subject through the lens of the newly introduced European Green Deal and what changes it introduces. We consider why the current legal regime is flawed; what are the pros and cons of the prospective ‘mandatory’ environmental criteria; and why a new European approach could be a good idea. For the happy fun dessert time, we are ‘dishing’ up academic life after COVID 19. Will we still travel to conferences? If not, why we might miss it?

Let’s dish up public procurement law!


Willem Janssen & Marta Andhov

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You might also be interested in some of our spoken or published work:

  • Haven’t had enough? Have a look at the presentation at a recent webinar on this topic by Willem (at 26:00 min);
  • If you are interested in  reform proposals to improve sustainable public procurement, read our report, co-led by Marta;
  • If you would like to learn more about Life-Cycle Costing for Sustainable Public Procurement read our multidisciplinary book, edited by Marta;
  • Interested in the Dutch approach to sustainability in procurement, read this article by Willem (1/2020);
  • If you are interested in understanding legal significance of Article 18 (2) of the Directive 2014/24/EU and other sustainable provisions read Marta’s book chapter on strategic goals of public procurement;
  • If you would like to read more about the different approaches in EU public economic law (comp., state aid and procurement law, read this co-authored article by Willem;
  • If you are interested in comparative analysis of sustainability requirements in public and private procurement  see Marta’s article.

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