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Date Published: April 8 2014 by Stephen Frost
New EU Procurement Directives coming into force from 17 April 2014
The Official Journal of the European Union has recently published new EU Procurement Directives 2014 which come into force on 17 April 2014. Each member state now has 2 years from this date to implement them into their own national legislation.
The Cabinet Office has announced a launch of a transposition website which can be here which will keep you up to date on progress in Brussels, UK transposition of the Directives and where to access free training.
The changes to the EU procurement rules through these new EU Directives will undoubtedly change procurement processes significantly. The suggestion that the new Directives will be implemented as regulations, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by autumn / winter 2014 means that everyone will need to understand the full implications of these changes for their business.
Among the changes to current rules and procedures is:
The removal of the distinction between Part A and Part B services (including health and social services). OJEU advertising will apply but with a higher threshold of £625,050. Where a contract is above this new threshold, a contract notice will need to be published.
Introduction of 'Innovation Partnership' as a new award procedure. This will enable suppliers to bid to enter into a partnership with a contracting body to develop a new product or service where a solution cannot be found in the current market.
Improvement of rules on social and environmental aspects of procurement.
Digital procurement - eProcurement will become mandatory 30 months after the adoption of EU Procurement Directives.
Social Enterprises/Mutuals - Buyers will be able to reserve the award of certain services to social enterprises/mutuals for a limited time without having to advertise via official channels. Only service contracts above exceeding the new threshold of £625,050 will have to be advertised.
Negotiated procedure to be less constrained.
New EU Procurement Directives 2014
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Stephen Frost is the owner of Provensa Consulting Ltd, a company whose core business is to provide bid and tender writing solutions to public, private, voluntary and third sector organisations. He holds a BSc(hons) and MA and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI) and Institute of Economic Development (MIED).