Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Committee on Government Procurement concerning the accession of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Agreement on Government Procurement in the context of its withdrawal from the European Union
1. This Explanatory Memorandum covers a proposal for a Council decision concerning the accession of the United Kingdom (UK) to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
2. The GPA is an agreement within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) framework between 19 WTO Members, including many of the major economies such as the United States, Canada, the EU and Japan. It aims to mutually open government procurement markets among its members, and seeks to address trade barriers, such as preferential treatment of domestic goods and services, in the government procurement sector.
3. Implementation of the GPA is administered by a WTO Committee on Government Procurement which comprises representatives from all Parties. All GPA committee decisions are made on a consensus basis.
4. The UK is currently a member of the GPA by virtue of being an EU member state. The UK needs to accede to the GPA in its own right in order to continue to participate in the GPA when the UK leaves the EU and aims to do so by replicating its existing commitments as an EU member state as far as possible.