Addleshaw Goddard

UK 200 2013 position: 23

New utilities procurement directives — 15 October 2013

After nearly two years of waiting, the new utilities procurement directives are close to being adopted: the European Commission now expects them to enter into force in December this year or early next. 

With this will come a raft of changes such as: clarification of which entities are utilities; updating the rules on exemptions for utilities operating in competitive market; codification of the current case law on material changes to contracts; importation of public sector rules such as the competitive dialogue procedure; and regulation of works and services concessions.

We now also know the latest on how and when the UK government proposes to implement the new directives. Speaking at a conference organised by the Procurement Lawyers’ Association last night, senior Cabinet Office officials announced for the first time the government’s approach…

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