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EU institutions procurement rules are broadly in line with the general EU legislation on public procurement which requires putting procurement contracts out to tender on the broadest possible basis to maximise competition. The management and control arrangements of the EU institutions are robust and in general mitigate the risk of errors. We found however that EU institutions can do more to facilitate access of economic operators (especially of small and medium-sized enterprises) for example by simplifying the rules to the fullest possible extent and by removing unnecessary hurdles which make life difficult for potential tenderers who want to identify procurement opportunities offered by the EU institutions.