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A Taxonomy of Corruption In EU Public Procurement

Javier Miranzo Díaz


The fight against corruption has in recent years been established by the EU as one of the primary goals of modern public procurement regulation and policy. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of corruption in EU public procurement, its implications and possible solutions. For that purpose, a taxonomy of corruption is elaborated upon, mainly divided in two parts: 1. A negative approach, in which emphasis is placed on the distinction between corruption, fraud, and conflicts of interest; and 2. A positive approach that addresses the active implementation of measures through principles, incentives, oversight and evaluation. Throughout the study, a critical analysis of EU public procurement law in the field of corruption is also carried out in order to identify the positives, shortcomings, and need for improvement of the current regulation.

Predoctoral research fellow and PhD candidate at University of Castilla-La Mancha. Member of the Spanish Observatory for Public Procurement. For Correspondence: <>


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