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The Meaning and Requirements of the Term ‘Contracting Authority’ Under EU Public Procurement Law: A Critique of Developments from the ECJ Jurisprudence

Charles Clarke


I. Introduction Public procurement law regulates the purchasing by public sector bodies and certain utility sector bodies of contracts for goods, works or services;1 regulation of such activities, are coordinated by EU directive 2004/18/EC.2 The term ‘contracting authority’ is a decisive element of the public procurement legal framework, as it determines the applicability of the relevant rules,3 encompassing the State, regional or local authorities, b


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