Economic Operator of Third Countries
Starting from the article by the chapter “Economic Operators of Third Countries”, which explores the status of the economic operator as defined by the European lawmaker and jurisprudence, this paper focalises its analysis on the definition of economic operator of third countries in the application of the Directive 2014/24/UE on public procurement. This analysis will take into consideration how the status of the economic operator of third countries must conscientiously respect the principle of reciprocity; i.e., contracting authorities must apply the principle of non-discrimination in the treatment of all economic operators, regardless of whether or not they come from EU Member States, if the latter fall under the multilateral framework of balanced rights and obligations relating to public contracts under the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement (the GPA) or other international agreements.
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