Earlier today the text of the replacement , and a new directive on the award of concession contracts, were published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
These directives, which have been under discussion since 2011, bring about a number of significant changes to the current procurement regime in Europe, as well as codifying important jurisprudence from the European courts.
The directives come into force on 17 April 2014 and EU Member States will then have a further two years to transpose the text of the directives into national legislation. The Cabinet Office has indicated that, in respect of England and Wales, it will seek to implement the directives sooner rather than later. As a result, we fully expect those in the UK to have to grapple with the issues raised by the replacement directives and the new concessions directive during the course of 2014.
If you would like to discuss the main changes and how they might affect you, whether you’re a procurer or supplier, then please contact us.