New procurement directives

By Ruth Smith

With the European Parliament adopting three new directives covering public procurement on 15 January 2014, utilities procurement and the procurement of concessions contracts, we look at the potential implications for the third sector.

On 15 January 2014, the European Parliament adopted three new directives covering public procurement, utilities procurement and the procurement of concessions contracts. The texts have now been approved by the European Council and will come in to force 20 working days after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Although the UK has a maximum of 24 months in which to translate the new directives into national law, the Cabinet Office has indicated it is working to an expedited timetable, aiming to introduce new UK Procurement Regulations towards the end of 2014…

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