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When is a new Directive not a new Directive?

Monday October 21st, 2013

The first new procurement directive since 2004 has been a long time coming, but the last 10 months have felt the longest stretch. Just when the new EU Public Procurement Directive was at last within reach, it’s been snatched away once again.European flag


This saga just runs and runs. We all waited with expectation as we headed towards the promised issue date of last January, only to be told it had been delayed but, worry not, it would be with us by late Spring.


However, come mid-March, the news came that it had again slipped, with July being suggested as the likely release date, but almost before we had the chance to digest that bit of information, some were suggesting September.


By late June, the date had moved once more, but this time everyone confidently predicted an October sign off, with the Directive being released in early November.


And now?


Well, apparently the problem is that the translators, who have allegedly seen significant cuts in their numbers and resources, have indicated that it will take until December to get everything translated.


In fairness to them, it’s worth remembering that they actually have three Directives to translate (Public Procurement, Utilities and Concession Contracts), so that’s some power of work they have to do.


These documents all need to be translated into the 24 member languages before they can be put forward for approval and then publication.


So, will it be December, as we are being promised? If I was a gambler, I’d be spread betting on this and covering any likely losses.


So back to the question. When is a new Directive not a new Directive? At this rate, when it is finally released – by then it will be over six months old and very much old hat to those of us that have read it.


Eddie Regan (Principal PASS Consultant)



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