The EU Procurement Directives have been adopted by the EU Commission and Parliament, and were published in the Official Journal of the EU on 28 March 2014. Member States must implement – or transpose – the agreed text into national law by 18 April 2016. This will require new Scottish Procurement Regulations which will replace the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that there will be a co-ordinated approach to the transposition of the Directives and the implementation of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. This will maximise the opportunities for stakeholder engagement and ensure that a comprehensive suite of guidance supports the new legislation.
The new Regulations are expected to be in place towards the end of 2015.
Scottish Government are developing plans for public consultation later this year, and the development of tools, systems, guidance and training to support implementation. Further updates will be provided here, on the Procurement area of the Scottish Government’s website.
The Directives are: