Under EU public procurement rules, public authorities may take multiple factors into account when awarding a contract, as long as they are relevant to the subject matter of the procurement. Such factors may now include sustainable development considerations.
The new EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts were approved by the European Parliament on 15 January 2014. The new Directives are intended to modernize public procurement by increasing the efficiency of public spending, facilitating the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in public procurement, and enabling procurers to use procurement to further common societal goals. Specifically, Directive 2014/24/EU draws links directly to sustainable development both in its recitals and provisions. EU Member States were obliged to transpose the new Directives into national law by April 2016.
The EU Directives can be found below.