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Data story: The top buyer countries in EU public procurement

This post pertains to EU public procurement. Please review the disclaimer and limitations before utilizing the information provided in the data story.


Question: Which are the top buyer countries in EU public procurement?


While the question may initially seem straightforward, it is actually quite broad and multifaceted. When referring to 'top buyer countries,' different criteria can lead to different conclusions. Various metrics can be used to determine the top buyer countries, including:


  • Based on the number of contracts awarded

  • Based on the total value of contracts awarded

  • Based on the average value of contracts awarded

  • Based on the number of unique buyers

  • Based on the number of contract notices (indicating intention to procure)

And many other criteria.


The information in this data story is based on the first two criteria. If you are interested in exploring additional criteria, please let us know. We would be happy to provide further details


Information:


Before we delve into identifying the top buyer countries in EU public procurement, it's crucial to understand the geographical distribution of these buyers. While EU public procurement might initially suggest involvement only from EU countries, this isn't always the case based on available data. For instance, if the European Investment Bank finances a project like the Bengaluru Metro (as indicated in this notice), the buyer could be located in India, as detailed in the notice.


According to insights from EUPP analytics, we observe that there are over 150,000 buyers participating in EU public procurement, spanning across more than 160 countries."


Now, let's explore the answers to the question based on the first two criteria


Top 25 buyer countries in EU public procurement based on the number of contracts awarded

top buyer countries in EU public procurement based on number of contract awards

Top 25 buyer countries in EU public procurement based on the total value (EUR) of contracts awarded

top buyer countries in EU public procurement based on number of contract award value

Conclusion:


Based on the information available, we can draw several conclusions:


  • The country that awards the most contracts (Romania) is not necessarily the country (United Kingdom) with the highest total contract award value (EUR).

  • Buyers involved in EU public procurement are not necessarily based within the EU, despite the name.

  • The contract award values in the UK should be scrutinized more closely for unaddressed data quality issues.

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