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Public procurement culture after accession to the EU – The case of a Central European transition country


  • Tünde Tátrai – [email protected]
    Graduated as economist and lawyer, works currently as an associate professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Business Economics. She wrote her Ph.D. on Public Procurement and its potential further development in Hungary. She has been playing leading role in international research projects and is the author of numerous books and international publications. She is correspondent of the European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review and reviewer of Journal of Public Procurement. She teaches electronic procurement, sustainable public procurement, ethical procurement and public procurement law. She is member of the Public Procurement Stakeholder Working Group (European Commission) and EXEP.


Understanding and implementing European public procurement directives does not mean that countries that joined the European Union at a later stage were immediately able to adjust to their logic. It is not necessarily a problem of skills; cumbersome and slow learning is due much more to cultural differences, and lack of practice and knowledge of the interpretation of law by the European Court of Justice. This article sums up the results of four surveys presenting the changes in Hungary’s public procurement culture over 10 years, which has a useful message for other more recent Member States.


Public procurement, culture, transition country, European Union



Tatrai, T. (2018). “Public procurement culture after accession to the EU – The case of a Central European transition country”, European Journal of Public Procurement Markets, 1(6), 52-61.

DOI: 10.54611/LIPS9563