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The transposition of the 2014 EU Directives on public procurement by Portugal: woes and expectations


  • Luís Valadares Tavares – [email protected]
    Full Professor Emeritus of Systems and Management, Instituto Superior Técnico and Full Professor of Management, Lusíada University. President of the Portuguese Observatory of Technology Foresight (OPET) , President of the Portuguese Society of Public Markets (APMEP), Coordinator and Researcher of COMEGI (Research center on organizations, markets, and industrial management), Chief-Editor of European Journal of Public Procurement Markets (EJPPM), Scientific Advisor of VORTAL and Ombudsman of the Portuguese. Previously he was General Director of Planning Education and Manager of The Education Investment Program (PRODEP) of the Ministry of Education (88-92) , President of the Education Committee of OECD (90-92) and President of the Portuguese Institute of Public Administration (INA) (2003-2007). Invited Professor of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University and of several foreign Universities. Expert on Decision Sciences , Negotiation and Conflict Management , Public Management , Public Procurement , e-Public Procurement and Social Networks. He was appointed by the Scientific Council of IST (University of Lisbon) to conduct with Prof. Gregory Parnell and Prof. Paulo Martins the evaluation of the Department of Engineering and Management of IST (University of Lisbon). Author of 25 books edited by OPET, INA , Mcgraw-Hill and Kluwer and he is author of more than 85 research papers published by international scientific journals


The new EU Directives on Public Procurement are oriented to promote the application of the concept of strategic public procurement which has been subject to several communications and discussions promoted by the European Commission and European Parliament. This new approach to Public Procurement has deep implications in the legal framework adopted by each Member State as well as in the public administration culture and organization in order that the new objectives of promoting the qualification of markets, the increase of innovation, the respect by social cohesion and environmental sustainability and a better access to public markets by SME’s will be achieved aligned with the UE 2020 Agenda.
In this paper, the process and the results of the transposition of this Directives by Portugal are studied not just in terms of the respect for the Directives rules but also considering its likely positive and negative impacts on Portuguese public markets which are also synthetically described herein.


Law 9/2017 on Contracts of the Spanish Public Sector; general provisions; public administration contracts; mandatory electronic tender.



Tavares, L. V. (2018). The transposition of the 2014 EU Directives on public procurement by Portugal: woes and expectations, European Journal of Public Procurement Markets, 1(4), 33-44.