Reform of EU Procurement Law: A better deal for construction?
On 11 February 2014, the EU Council adopted a package of three new Directives aimed at reforming the EU procurement regime…
Published 22 September 2014
For those of you who have read the Directive you'll see the Regulations really do follow the Directive without much embellishment or change.
The Crown Commercial Service seeks comments on the draft Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which implement the EU Public Procurement Directive 2014/24 through its consultation accessible here. The consultation runs until 17 October 2014 and seeks comments on the Draft Regulations, seeking views in particular on whether the choices made by the UK (where the Directive allowed member states to make choices on how the Directive is transposed into domestic law) implement policy requirements in the best way.
Those policy requirements were formed during informal consultations which took place in late 2013, and are stated to have the aim of maximising flexibility and deregulating where possible in order to simplify the procurement process.
There are no draft Regulations for Utilities or Concessions as yet but this consultation is relevant to those also – generic matters which are applicable to the drafting for the new Regulations in those sectors will take into account the results of this consultation, but subsequent consultations will be launched shortly, aiming at implementing the Utilities Directive and Concessions Directive