- Procurement of intermediary services: Interpreters in the Netherlands
- 3rd International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC 2008), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Book/source title
- Enhancing best practices in public procurement: Proceedings of the 3rd International Public Procurement Conference
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
This paper reports on the procurement of intermediary services in interpreters to approximately one third of all public clients in The Netherlands. The procurement has lead to a smooth transition from public to a private organization and the new intermediary performs to the satisfaction of its clients. The problem is however that the procurement has lead to a situation with a dominant intermediary. We discuss the implications in two situations that are very likely to take place in the near future: a situation in which a new lot will procured on the monopolized market, and a situation in which the current contract will be replaced. One of the recommendations is to use the mostfavored- costumer clause of the old contract to attract new entrants.
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