New EU public procurement directives now in force

The new Public Procurement Directives have now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament voted in favour of the new Public Procurement Directives.  They were adopted by the Council on 11 February 2014.  Member States have until April 2016 to transpose them into national law, except with regard to e-procurement where the deadline is September 2018.  The new Directives are Directives 23/2014, 24/2014 and 25/2014 and their full text can be found here.

The new rules will allow for greater transparency in the awarding of public procurement contracts and provide a more efficient and accessible application procedure.  A more simple and flexible procedure will be welcomed by small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) who are now encouraged and empowered to bid for public procurement contracts.  For more information on the changes introduced by the Public Procurement Directives please see our bulletin here.

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