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The New EU Directive – a Buyer’s perspective

Tuesday December 17th, 2013

The new EU Public Procurement Directive is a landmark piece of legislation that will shape the way the public sector tenders for years to come

The new rules are not yet live, but contracting authorities and entities should begin preparing the ground to ensure a smooth transition
(Cabinet Office PPN 05/13)

The UK Government is keen to start implementation as early as possible. The new Directive will impact on all areas of procurement in the public sector and contracting authorities will need to consider how the changes will affect their procurement department as well as its strategies and processes as we move towards the next set of Public Contracts Regulations in 2014.

Eddie Regan

Eddie Regan

The changes include giving the public sector greater ability to exclude suppliers at the selection stage, if they are guilty of evidenced poor past performance, as well as significant revisions to the timescales and the introduction of a new categorisation, Services to the Person, which replaces the current Part B regime.

Understanding the impact of the new EU Public Procurement Directive on your organisation is imperative. Being prepared to adapt your procurement strategy to match the new procedures and processes will save you a lot of time and resource in the future.

Are you prepared for the changes?
Ahead of the introduction of the new EU Directives, we talk to Senior PASS Consultant Eddie Regan about the forthcoming changes.

Why is the new EU Public Procurement Directive important?
Eddie: The new EU Directives for procurement, utilities and concessions will significantly impact on the current practices of both the public and private sectors, due to the reinforcement of the Treaty principles aligned to the introduction of social considerations in procurement. Social considerations are a hot topic for buyers and suppliers, and with the recent introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2013 in the UK, public bodies now have a legal requirement to consider the social good offered by bidders during the procurement process as well as price and quality.

How important is it for suppliers to be aware of social considerations when presenting tender responses?
Eddie: With publication of the new EU Directives impending, including social and environmental benefits in tender responses will be more essential than ever to succeed.

The new EU Public Procurement Directive will impact on all areas of procurement in the public sector as we move towards the next set of Public Contracts Regulations in 2014, but what areas are set to change the most?
Eddie: The new Public Procurement Directive sees significant change in areas such as services to the person, the removal of the Part B services regime, revision of both timescales and thresholds, the introduction of two new procurement procedures and changes to the selection and award criteria, to name but a few. Overall the new Directive will significantly impact on the processes, procedures and methodologies of buyers and suppliers, requiring contracting authorities to rewrite their procurement strategies.

Gov Opps training partner, PASS (Procurement Advice Support Service), is running a series of training events on the New EU Procurement Directive throughout 2014. For more information, details of dates near you, and to book your place at this important procurement training event, please visit HERE.

For more information on PASS Procurement Training events, please visit www.passprocurement.com

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