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The New EU Directive blog – Buyer Support

Friday January 17th, 2014

So that’s it then. The European Parliament has finally passed the three new Directives.

Twelve months later than anticipated, but better late than never, as they say.

Unfortunately, unlike with many pronouncements, we can’t now sit back and enjoy the fact it has finally been announced.

Eddie Regan

Eddie Regan

Now the hard work really starts.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has already said “we will seek to transpose these rules into UK law quickly”, while the Cabinet Office have confirmed that they are “preparing ambitious plans for early transposition, so that the UK can take advantage of the additional flexibilities in the new rules as soon as possible”.

So if you haven’t taken this seriously so far, you better start doing so quickly.

There are numerous changes coming in how you, the public sector, will undertake procurement.

New procedures, new timescales, new selection criteria, new award criteria – the list is extensive.

You can say bye-bye to ‘Part B Services’ and hello to ‘Social and Other Specific Services’ and you’ll really need to start thinking about contract management, since one of the new initiatives is considering ‘Life Cycle Costs’.

If the rumours are true, the expectation is that the Public Procurement Directive will become UK Regulations by the autumn of this year.

As I said, no time to relax and enjoy the fact it’s been passed – now is the time for the real work to begin.


Eddie Regan [Senior PASS (Procurement Advice Support Service) Consultant)



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