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Data story: The top countries in EU public procurement

This post is about EU public procurement. It is in QIC format (question, information and conclusion). Please read the disclaimer and limitations before making use of the information provided in the data story.


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

While the question seems straight forward in the first glance, it actually is not. It is quite broad. When we say top buyer countries, using different criteria we could arrive at different answers. We can have multiple criteria to determine the top buyer countries such as:

  • Based on the number of contracts awarded

  • Based on the value of the contracts awarded

  • Based on the average value of the contracts awarded

  • Based on the number of buyers

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

And many more. In this data story, information is provided based on the first 2 criteria. If you are interested in the rest, let us know. We would be happy to provide.


Information: Before we get to the top buyer countries in EU public procurement question, shouldn't we know in how many countries the buyers are located? You may wonder, shouldn't EU public procurement mean only EU countries? But that's not the case based on the information we have. For example, if the European Investment Bank is involved in financing the Bengaluru Metro project (which it is – see this notice), then the buyer could actually be located in India because that is what the data in the notice tells us. Like this, what we can see from the information in EUPP Analytics is that there are more than 150K buyers that are part of the EU public procurement that are spread across in 162 countries.

Now let’s see the answers to the question based on the first 2 criteria.


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


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

Conclusion: Some of the conclusions that we can draw from the information that we have are:

  • The country that awards the most (Romania) is not necessarily the country (United Kingdom) that has awarded the maximum total contract award value (EUR).

  • Buyers are not necessarily based in the EU, even though it is mentioned as EU public procurement.

  • The contract award value of the UK should be checked more closely for unattended data quality issues.

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EU spends ~2 trillion euros per annum on public procurement. All EU procurement data above EU threshold and many contracts awarded below threshold is available in TED (Tenders electronic daily) data.

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