Skip to content

Discretionary Exclusion Grounds in Directive 2014/24/EU:

A Missed Opportunity for Socially Responsible Public Procurement?

Marko Turudić, Melko Dragojević


Keywords: socially responsible public procurement, discretionary exclusion grounds

Directive 2014/24/EU represents a significant step in the right direction for socially responsible public procurement (SRPP). It contains many articles referencing SRPP, of which the most important may be Article 18(2). One such article is Article 57(4)a, which contains discretionary exclusion grounds for violations of SRPP, leaving it up to Member States to decide whether they will make such grounds mandatory or leave them discretionary in national legislation. The aim of this paper is to establish how Directive 2014/24/EU’s approach has affected the use of SRPP exclusion grounds in Croatia, a Member State that decided to leave all of the discretionary exclusion grounds discretionary. This research was conducted by acquiring and analysing all available contract notices from 2022 to establish the percentage, value and other factors associated with SRPP use in public procurement procedures in Croatia.
Keywords: socially responsible public procurement; discretionary exclusion grounds


Lx-Number Search

(e.g. A | 000123 | 01)

Export Citation