This text, written in non-technical terms, offers an introduction to the history behind the EC liberalization of public procurement since the 1950s and goes on to explain the reasons for the quickening of deregulation and liberalization in the 1980s and to outline the workings of the Single Market rules which will come into operation after 1992. Separate chapters detail the Directives and the new rules for public supply, public works, the utilities sector, public services and remedies and enforcements. A further chapter discusses the GATT and reciprocity rules being negotiated by the Community. This is followed by detailed discussions of the legal, political and economic obstacles which may limit the successful implementation of the new regime after 1992. A final chapter outlines what may happen when the new system is reviewed after four years. The book also contains appendices containing information on all of the relevant major Directives on public procurement and a breakdown of all EC legislation affecting public procurement.