Many EU IT tenders break procurement laws

Government agencies are “consistently breaking competition laws” when procuring IT products from the private sector by specifying required brands and trademarks which has removed competition from the tendering process, according to Openforum Europe’s recently published Procurement Report 2010. The report found that of the tender notices studied, 13 per cent made reference to trademarks or brands.

An example of this behaviour occurred in Switzerland in 2009: open source vendors took legal action against the requirement of a local government authority for Microsoft products. Although the vendors had some initial success, the open source vendors eventually lost their case.

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