Ireland -Adoption of social clauses in public procurement expected -January 24, 2013

Contractors who get construction jobs from projects with the state as ‘client’ will have to employ a certain number of unemployed building workers under government proposals on ‘social clauses’ to be announced soon. With the inclusion of a social clause for public contracts the tenderer can make provisions in the procurement process, for instance to address youth unemployment and long-term unemployment. The EU procurement regime and legislation is tight and prescriptive but it gives scope for contracts to have terms and conditions about social clauses.



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