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Article posted on civilsociety.co.uk by Vibeka Mair 29 February 2012
A coalition 23 of umbrella bodies is seeking a meeting with Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude to discuss civil society priorities in the UK’s current negotiations in Europe on EU procurement rules.
Negotiations between Member States and the EU institutions are underway, with aims to adopt new European Directives in late 2012.
The coalition of umbrellas is keen to see changes implemented which they say will significantly improve civil society organisation’s ability to bid for public sector contracts.
In particular, the group would like to see implementation of the proposals for:
They have sent a letter to Maude, requesting a meeting and outlining why the above proposals would benefit civil society.
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO said: “This is a crucial moment to bring together a strong coalition of civil society partners. Together we can provide the sector with a clear voice to overcome current challenges and open up new opportunities for small organisations to deliver public services.
“We have a key opportunity to share ideas and work closely with the government to identify persistent problems in legislation and practice, and to find solutions for a more effective UK procurement market.”
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