The EU’s commitment to the liberalisation of trade depends on a level playing field between domestic and foreign entities based on genuine competitive advantages. But this level playing field is far from being a reality, particularly on international government procurement. Therefore the Commission‘s role is to defend European interests against international trade distortions.
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