EC calls on UK to implement defence procurement rules in Gibraltar

Monday April 30th, 2012

The European Commission (EC) has requested the United Kingdom to notify to the Commission within the next two months the measures it is taking to implement EU rules on defence procurement (Directive 2009/81/EC).

The Commission has raised concerns that the UK has yet to fulfil its commitments under the Directive regarding procurement of arms, munitions and war materiel (and related works and services) for defence purposes, and also the procurement of sensitive supplies, works and services for security purposes.

These rules are tailored to the specificities of defence and security equipment and markets. The deadline for implementing the rules in question was 20 August 2011. The United Kingdom has not yet transposed the Directive’s provisions with regard to Gibraltar, which means that the Directive’s measures do not cover its full territory.

If the UK authorities do not notify the necessary implementing measures within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union and may request the Court to impose financial penalties.

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