According to an Evaluation Report published by the European Commission on 24 June, the EU Procurement Directives have resulted in an overall savings to the public purse of around €20 bn. However, the Report also suggests that the average tender procedure takes 108 days and costs around €28,000; three-quarters of which is borne by the bidders. These statistics support the call by many of the 623 stakeholders who have responded to the Commission’s consultation paper on procurement reform for a need to simplify and reduce the costs of current procedures. The Report also highlights the fact that while the procurement directives have introduced a more competitive environment for public tenders, they have not resulted in a high proportion of cross-border import penetration. Only around 3.5 per cent of the total value of published contracts that were awarded between 2006–2009 were awarded to firms from outside the awarding Member State.