Transnational public contracts and the challenge of digitalisation in the post-pandemic recovery

Public contracting is increasingly taking place as a key factor in the contemporary globalized world and the effects of the pandemic confirmed the importance of transnational public-private cooperation in the supply-chain of medical goods and services.

At the European level, the transnational effects of public contracting are already envisaged and provided in the 2014 Directives on Public Procurement for ensuring equal competition and overcoming the boundaries and legal difficulties of cooperation among the different Central Purchasing Authorities (CPBs) located among the European Union. Thus, transnational public contracts might be used with an effort of harmonisation, also for ensuring greater transparency and the traceability of public spending.

In the view of the implementation of the Recovery Plans for Europe, digitalisation might be the key factor to ensure both efficiency and integrity in public contracts and greater reliability of the public institutions.

Transnational intermunicipal cooperation in the EU

Intermunicipal cooperation has become widespread in Europe. Most of them are organized exclusively within the territory of a region or a member state and subject to national rules of administrative law.
However, there has long been a need to extend the scope of action of intermunicipal partnerships to the territory of two or more different states. The regulation of cross-border (intermunicipal) cooperation is also part of the European integration process, as the European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) Regulation tried to facilitate transnational intermunicipal cooperations.
However, numerous legal obstacles and challenges remain. The purpose of the paper is to analyse, from an administrative law perspective, the possible causes of underutilization and pitfalls when using those frameworks and instruments. The administrative law bottlenecks are also tested by means of empirical research against the cross-border cooperation practice.

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR), a transnational institution ?

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) is usually known as the oldest international organisation of modern times. Created at the Vienna Congress in 1815, it is normally viewed as a typical public international law product, based on classic interstate relations. Can it also be analysed from a transnational administrative law perspective? This is what we try to consider in this article: its theoretical roots, based on a certain concept of freedom of navigation, and its sociological background, characterised by a strong sense of community, have laid foundation to an original administrative organisation, which may be described as transnational.
The future of this model within the broader EU system is now questioned. A transnational administrative law approach may shed a renewed light into this ongoing debate.

A concrete way to promote cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation in the EU: l'Hopital de Cerdagne

This Hospital is a real transnational experience within the framework of the legal health care regime and also in the organization and delivery of its services.
It was settled by an agreement between the Catalan and French administrations, according to the formula of European cross-border cooperation (EGTC), a new figure in European Union legislation. It involves 4 differemt administrations : the local catalan one, the spanish regional one, the french regional one as well as the supranational one.
The hospital assists people residing in Spain and France in accordance with the legislation of the state of residence.