Some Evidence of 'Smart' Public Procurement: Solutions for SMEs in Italy

Piccola Impresa/Small Business (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14596/pisb.157)

20 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2017

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Gian Luigi Albano

Consip S.p.A. - The National Central Purchasing Body; LUISS "G. Carli", Department of Economics and Finance

Roberto Zampino

Consip S.p.A/Consip ltd. (The National Central Purchasing Body)

Date Written: October 30, 2013

Abstract

Although it is widely recognized that public procurement may act as a “pull” mechanism for development and employment, serious concerns are constantly voiced as to the friendliness of public procurement processes towards small and medium enterprises (SMEs), arguably the most vital sector of the EU economy. In this paper, we will have a look at the concrete measures taken at the EU level to promote an increasing inclusion of SMEs in public procurement markets. We will then focus on the Italian experience and dwell on the results achieved since the creation of Consip S.p.A., the National Central Purchasing Body. In particular, data on transactions below the EU thresholds from the e-Marketplace managed by Consip will allow us to shed some light on the patterns of trade between public buyers and the different subgroups of firms in the class of SMEs.

Keywords: Public procurement, electronic procurement, micro-small and medium enterprises, performance rate

JEL Classification: H57, L11, L25, L81

Suggested Citation

Albano, Gian Luigi and Zampino, Roberto, Some Evidence of 'Smart' Public Procurement: Solutions for SMEs in Italy (October 30, 2013). Piccola Impresa/Small Business (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14596/pisb.157). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940264

Gian Luigi Albano

Consip S.p.A. - The National Central Purchasing Body ( email )

Via Isonzo, 19/E
Rome, 00198
Italy
+39 06 85449.627 (Phone)

LUISS "G. Carli", Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Via O. Tommasini 1
Rome, Roma 00100
Italy

Roberto Zampino (Contact Author)

Consip S.p.A/Consip ltd. (The National Central Purchasing Body) ( email )

Research Unit
Via Isonzo, 19/E
Roma, RM 00198
Italy

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