Follow the money your government spends on public procurement!
How much of your money goes abroad?
There is no truly single market in public procurement in the EU. In most EU countries, less than one quarter of tenders are supplied by companies from other member states. Additionally, up to 10% are supplied from countries outside the EU. We use the best available data but, unfortunately, for some countries such as Greece the data coverage is poor (see details below). In the following maps, the darker the colour, the higher the share of all tenders supplied by foreign-owned companies.
Where abroad does your money go?
Suppliers from abroad are quite often from tax havens and secretive jurisdictions. Check out the origin of the foreign-owned companies supplying your country’s government tenders. For each EU country (select from the drop-down menu), we show you the top 15 countries of origin among the foreign companies supplying that country’s government procurement and the share of those companies on all foreign-owned suppliers (tab ‘Ultimate ownership’). For example, companies originating in the Cayman Islands supply 7.3% of all public procurement supplied by foreign-owned companies in France. You can also view an alternative indicator of ownership, which counts the share of all tenders supplied by companies with an ownership link to a given foreign country (tab ‘Ownership link’). For example, more than two thirds of all public procurement in Latvia is supplied by companies connected to Switzerland. EU countries are displayed in orange, tax havens in red, other countries in green, and the sum of the countries that didn’t make it into the top 15 in yellow.
Which smaller economies supply more tenders than the big ones?
Check out the four EU outliers and which tax havens supply most of the EU’s tenders. The graph displays the value of tenders supplied by companies from EU countries to other member states on the horizontal axis (and also as the size of the bubble) and the countries’ economic size (measured by GDP) on the vertical axis. We highlight four EU outliers - Austria, Cyprus, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands - that have relatively small economies but high values of supplied tenders. For the world, we highlight tax havens on the EU’s grey and black lists. For presentational purposes, we include the USA, China and Japan only in the final graph.