New public procurement rules published in the OJEU

On 28 March 2014, three new EU public procurement directives were published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU): Directive 2014/23/EU of 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts; Directive 2014/24/EU of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC; and Directive 2014/25/EU of 26 February 2014 on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC.

The new public procurement directives will enter into force on 17 April 2014. Member states have until 18 April 2016 to implement these directives into their national laws. For the provisions on e-procurement, the deadline is 18 October 2018. 

The publication of the new public procurement directives in the OJEU marks the end of a comprehensive reform of the current European public procurement law, which was initiated by the European Commission’s proposals back in December 2011…

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