Welcome to the new EU procurement regime

The new procurement directives were approved by the European Parliament on 15 January. They will now be published in the Official Journal of the EU and will enter into force 20 days later.

After that date, each EU member state, including the UK, has two years in which to implement the new directives (other than the electronic tendering provisions, where the period is 54 months). The Cabinet Office is looking to expedite implementation, at least for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and this could happen later this year. Scotland will make its own implementing regulations.

There are some key changes that public sector contracting authorities need to be aware of…

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