Framework for Public-Private Partnerships

The European Commission presents a framework for encouraging the use of public private partnerships (PPPs) to meet existing and future needs for investment in public services, infrastructure and research in Europe.

The framework involves:

  • increased funding for PPPs through working with the EIB, by re-focusing existing Community instruments and by developing guarantee instruments for PPP financing;
  • in cases involving EU funding, better rules and procedures in order to ensure a level playing field between wholly publicly managed projects and those managed under PPPs;
  • a more effective framework for innovation, including the possibility for the EU to participate in private law bodies and directly invest in specific projects;
  • considering an EU legislative instrument on concessions, based on the ongoing Impact Assessment;
  • improved information dissemination and exchange of best practice; including the creation of a new PPP group in which relevant stakeholders can share their concerns and further ideas with regard to PPPs.

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