German procurement legislation can already serve as a model for EU legislation when it comes to granting small and medium-sized enterprises access to public contracts. The government's draft legislation sticks to the principle that contracts must be broken down into (partial or technical) lots because many small and medium-sized enterprises cannot handle large contracts.

Furthermore, it must be ensured that the requirements regarding for instance the economic capacity of SMEs are not disproportionate. And newcomers must also be given a real chance.