The government will include circular principles in all its tenders in construction and infrastructure from 2023.
Every political decision on the physical living environment, whether it concerns housing, mobility, agriculture or industry, must be tested against the objective of being climate neutral and circular by 2050. That is why we are pushing for green public tendering procedures. For all its expenditure, the government must assess the impact on the climate and the environment and take action to reduce that impact.
We strengthen the position of transport authorities in tenders. They should not only look at the costs, but also at better connections between buses and trains.
In the short term, we reserve space for wind at sea and reduce spatial restrictions. The government will help pay for the connection of wind farms and the transport of electricity. The grid manager TenneT will be given the opportunity to invest in this before the final tendering procedure. This will prevent delays in the implementation. Investors in wind farms will also contribute to the creation of nature at sea, such as oyster beds.
We build on the lessons of the corona crisis and speed up government decision-making procedures without sacrificing sustainability and quality. For example, when granting permits or tendering. Fewer people at the table, more expertise. Companies can therefore get to work faster.
Wherever possible, companies with international supply chains that want to be considered for government support or public tenders should comply with the OECD Guidelines for International Business.
Social entrepreneurs must be able to participate easily in tenders. Social added value will be given a more prominent role in the Public Procurement Act.
The government is actively working on a ‘true price’ scan for its own policies. The government is going to green its budgeting, making transparent the full social costs and impact of the budget on the broad welfare. When making purchases and tenders, the government will pay more attention to available true prices that also take into account the social effects.
The usefulness of competition and tendering is carefully weighed against the potential cost and quality benefits of having a service performed by a single party.
We use the purchasing power of the government to stimulate circular innovation. Some organisations, such as the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, have already had good experiences with this. We want municipalities and their subsidiaries, provinces, water boards and the State to structurally apply circular principles in all tenders for physical products. In doing so, we are adapting the Dutch Procurement Act to focus more strongly on the realisation of social objectives when spending public money.
We often see that tenders for municipal care mainly result in an administrative burden and have little added value. In those cases, D66 wants municipalities to avoid the need for tenders. This may require adaptation of European rules.
We are committed to an international tendering instrument, in which the exclusion of companies from third countries is possible if there is no reciprocity for European companies.
The complete election programme of D66.