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Reform Support

Supporting reforms to foster an attractive business environment and increase competitiveness

Improving the public-private partnership policy model in Belgium 

The Commission supported the Buildings Agency with the provision of standardised principles for public-private partnerships (PPP) and energy-performance-contracts (EPC), specific training and guidance on value-for-money methodologies. Thanks to the Commission’s technical support, the Belgian authorities can rely on a more efficient process to procure PPP and EPC, and allocate public spending more effectively by assessing the procurement route chosen for investments. 

Context 

The financing of energy renovation and infrastructure is at the heart of all policies for economic recovery and the fight against climate change. The technical support will develop a methodology for the comparative cost/benefit analysis of a “Design, Renovate, Finance, Maintain” approach for the implementation and financing of energy renovation of federal buildings versus conventional public procurement. The project is linked to the need to improve the composition and efficiency of public spending to create space for more public investment, as identified in the Country Report for Belgium and a CSR (2019). 

Support delivered 

We assisted the Buildings Agency with the provision of standardised principles for public-private partnerships (PPP) and energy-performance-contracts (EPC), as well as specific training and guidance on value-for-money (VfM) methodologies to benefit Belgian authorities.

Results achieved 

The project put in place more efficient processes to procure public-private partnerships (PPP) and energy-performance-contracts (EPC), with reduced transaction costs, procurement periods and improved quality of documentation. It therefore improved the competitiveness of the PPP and EPC market and, in the long term, will boost the level of investment in infrastructure across Belgium. By assessing the procurement route chosen to make an investment, a better allocation of public spending will be achieved

In the long term, it will help objectify the public debate on PPP and lead to a more consistent support at the political level.