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Sustainable Procurement: A Compliance Perspective of EU Public Procurement Law

(2017) EPPPL, Vol. 12(3)

20 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2017  

Pedro Telles

Swansea University

Grith Skovgaard Ølykke

Copenhagen Business School - Law Department

Date Written: August 1, 2017


This article analyses the conceptual link between law and compliance, exploring the different theories and types of compliance (corporate, state and regulatory) and how they can be found today within the EU legal public procurement framework.

The analytical focus is on Directive 2014/24/EU and within it how sustainable requirements have increased the level of compliance required, particularly regulatory compliance. Compliance was already present in previous EU public procurement frameworks, but its extent on Directive 2014/24/EU leads the authors to consider the current legal framework as subject to substantial regulatory compliance obligations external to the process of procurement. In short, procurement has been transformed in a way to enforce regulatory obligations that are not intrinsic to the process of buying.

This leads to the conclusion that questions such as the cost and trade offs from imposing compliance obligations to public and private bodies warrant further research, particularly at the legal, economic and political science intersection.

Keywords: Public Procurement, Procurement, EU, EU Law, Sustainability, Sustainable Procurement, Compliance

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K21, H57, K23, K42

Suggested Citation

Telles, Pedro and Ølykke, Grith Skovgaard, Sustainable Procurement: A Compliance Perspective of EU Public Procurement Law (August 1, 2017). (2017) EPPPL, Vol. 12(3). Available at SSRN:

Pedro Telles (Contact Author)

Swansea University ( email )

Singleton Park
Singleton Park
Swansea, SA2 8PP
United Kingdom


Grith Ølykke

Copenhagen Business School - Law Department ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3, C5
Copenhagen, Frederiksberg 2000

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