Croatia is a candidate for membership; accession negotiations are ongoing. Public procurement negotiations (Chapter 5) began on 16 December 2008. The Council adopted three final benchmarks for legislative alignment, implementation and administrative capacity building. These benchmarks must be met in order to complete the negotiations of this chapter. The Public Procurement Agreement (GPA) is a multi-lateral agreement, under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which governs the purchase of goods and services by the public authorities of the contracting parties, based on the principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination. Amp signatories are required to publish summary notices on the potential to purchase contracts covered by the agreement. Each member has identified publications in which these sales opportunities are displayed. Publications are listed in Appendix II (local link). Many buying opportunities are also published electronically. The EU is in favour of opening up international public procurement, which the Joint Committee on Public Procurement has been meeting regularly since the interim agreement came into force.
It also addressed the issue of a possible extension of coverage. Eliminating discriminatory measures, particularly those that deprive GPA parties of coverage in all markets, such as projects currently managed by the United States, Japan and Korea in favour of domestic SMEs. The EU`s efforts to overcome existing obstacles are twofold. The EU is working to conclude free trade agreements with public procurement chapters based on procurement rules similar to those of the EU (next-generation free trade agreement). In addition, the EC, as a contracting party to the GPA, is actively negotiating with accession countries to transform the GPA into a multilateral agreement.  This package includes the negotiation of agreements in seven sectors (free movement of people, trade in agricultural products, public procurement, compliance assessment, air transport, road and rail transport, Switzerland`s participation in the 5th Research Framework Programme). These agreements have a termination clause, which means that all agreements have entered into force together and expire together even if one of them is denounced. The Public Procurement Agreement (GPA) is so far the only legally binding agreement in the WTO that focuses on public procurement.
The current MPA, adopted in 1994, came into force on January 1, 1996. It is a multi-lateral contract managed by a public procurement committee made up of WTO members who are parties to the GPA . The GPA was concluded by the European Community (EC), on behalf of its Member States, on the decision of the Council . APE CARIFORUM urges its signatories to put in place a very comprehensive set of transparency rules on public procurement, but does not contain any provisions on market access. The EU and Cariforum have agreed on rules to ensure that relevant information is made public in order to facilitate fair and acceptable procedures in public tenders. Public procurement is a sector with a largely untapped potential for EU exporters. EU companies are world leaders in sectors such as transport equipment, public works and public services. But in almost all of our trading partners, they face discriminatory practices that effectively close export opportunities.