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New European procurement Directives published

28 March 2014

The final text of three new European procurement Directives is published today.

The official publication is the final stage in the development of the Directives agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers earlier this year, to replace existing European legislation from 2004.

The Directives are aimed at simplifying public procurement and improving access to public contracts for small and medium-sized enterprises, and will formally enter into force on 17 April 2014.  The 28 Member States of the European Union will each then have a further two years in which to implement, or ‘transpose’, the Directives into their own national law.

This process will be complicated by the fact that each country will have to consider a significant number of policy options offered by the Directives.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last month confirmed that the Scottish Government will consult on these options this summer, with a view to bringing forward new regulations in 2015.

This timetable will also allow work on transposing the Directives to be co-ordinated with any work needed to develop secondary legislation or statutory guidance which may arise from the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill, which recently underwent stage 2 consideration by the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Procurement will provide further information on its plans in due course.  If you have any questions in the meantime, however, please contact us by e-mail.