Competition Infringements and Procurement Blacklisting

Forthcoming, Competition Law Journal.

8 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2016

Date Written: December 14, 2016

Abstract

In this article I explore the rules for the blacklisting of competition infringers under relevant EU and UK public procurement law, including their interpretation by the European Court of Justice. I also consider the practical difficulties for their enforcement by procurement professionals in the UK and suggest additional roles that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) could have in order to facilitate their effectiveness. Finally, I also stress the existence of a trade-off between a more active enforcement of procurement blacklisting rules and the attractiveness of the CMA’s leniency policy. By way of concluding remarks, I set out a blueprint for targeted policy reform. I submit that this should include the development of mechanisms for the provision of CMA support to procurement professionals that identify indicia of bid rigging, the development of a policy on the imposition of procurement blacklisting as a sanction for competition law infringers, and the creation of a UK-wide blacklisting register operated by CCS.

Keywords: competition law, infringement, public procurement, debarment, exclusion, blacklisting, policy reform

JEL Classification: H57, K21, K23, K42

Suggested Citation

Sanchez-Graells, Albert, Competition Infringements and Procurement Blacklisting (December 14, 2016). Forthcoming, Competition Law Journal.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2885278 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2885278

Albert Sanchez-Graells (Contact Author)

University of Bristol - School of Law ( email )

Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road Clifton
Bristol, BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom

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