Three EU Procurement Directives have been adopted by the EU Commission and Parliament, and were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 28 March 2014.
The Directives are:
The aim of the Directives is to ensure that public purchases are made in the most rational, transparent and fair manner in order to increase the efficiency of public spending and enable small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in public procurement.
Implementing the Directives
Member States must transpose – or implement – the Directives into national law by 18 April 2016. This requires new Scottish Procurement Regulations which will replace:
The new Regulations are expected to be in place towards the end of 2015.
The UK Government will separately transpose the Directives on behalf of procurements in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.