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Economic Operator

  • Viviana Di Capua
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Abstract

This chapter aims to explorer the construction of the status of the economic operator by the European lawmaker and jurisprudence during the harmonization process of procedure for the award of public contracts in ordinary and specialised sectors. The 2004/18/EU directive gives, for the first time, the notion of economic operator: the creation of a unitary legal category, which includes the different figures disciplined by the previous directive on the public contracts in specific sectors (i.e., services, products and works), is perfectly coordinate with the process of integration which is the objective of the European order in this field—enabling the identification of subjects that are able to participate in award procedures issued by member States. Subsequently, the European jurisprudence specified further requisites for the status of economic operator—which has extended the qualification to subjects excluded from single national organisations—in order to guarantee, through the principles of favor partecipationis e par condicio, the opening to the competition in public tenders in the widest possible way. The new directives 2014/24/UE, 2014/25/UE and 2014/23/UE, regarding public procurement and the award of concession contracts, totally accept the praetorian orientation and outlines a broad definition of the economic operator, based on an objective-substantial presupposition: the offer good and service on market.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viviana Di Capua
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of Naples “Federico II”NaplesItaly

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