Government Watch. A new decree on public procurement will increase public spending

The Lithuanian Free Market Institute has examined a draft ministerial decree of the Ministry of Energy “On the energy efficiency requirements for goods, services and buildings imposed on contracting authorities” and formulated its comments and proposals. The project is aimed at imposing an obligation on public authorities to purchase only the highest energy efficiency class goods in public procurement.

In its position paper LFMI notes that the project goes beyond the requirements laid down in Directive 2012/27/EU and the obligation to purchase the highest energy efficiency class goods may boost prices and increase public spending. Therefore, LFMI calls for the rejection of the project.

The full position paper (in Lithuanian) is available at