Procurement Alert: New public procurement rules adopted by the EU Parliament
Published 20 January 2014
On 15th January 2014, the European Parliament approved two new public procurement directives to replace Directive 2004/17 (Utilities Directive) and Directive 2004/18 (Public Sector Directive), respectively, and a separate proposed directive on the award of concession contracts. These directives will now be formally approved by the Council and published in the Official Journal, with an expected entry into force in March 2014. Member States have an implementation period of two years; the UK government has, however, expressed its intention to effect this in a shorter time period.
DAC Beachcroft has played an active role in the shaping of the texts since the early stages of the review process, going back to before the initial European Commission proposal was made in December 2011. The below link contains informal comments from members of the European Commission who drafted the initial proposal.
Read more on the key changes for the Public Sector Directive (Directive), which has attracted considerable attention from DAC Beachcroft clients throughout the adoption process.