Conseil de la concurrence opinion on motorway privatisation

Advisory opinion (21 pages in French, PDF) from the French Conseil de la concurrence on some competition aspects of the French Government's proposal to privatise motorway concession companies. The Conseil is concerned by the fact that privatisation will take the company outside of the public sector procurement regulation for motorway maintenance work, especially given the possibility of vertical integration if civil engineering and highway maintenance firms control the privatised franchisees. The Conseil suggests that the concession contracts should require all work to be tendered, with obligations to advertise, and that contracts should be awarded by a semi-independent committee within the franchisee, with Government involvement, and on the basis of lowest price or economically most advantageous offer.

Filed under Conseil de la concurrence, France.

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