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EU Procurement

EU Procurement

This section gives information on EU Directives and UK Regulations relating to Public Sector Procurement.

The Public Procurement Thresholds from 1st January 2016

These apply to public procurement exercises run under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012, the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 ("the Procurement Regulations") from 1 January 2016.

The threshold values are relevant to all procurement exercises commenced on or after 1 January 2016 and are expected to apply for a two year period.

Once the forthcoming implementing regulations for the new EU Directives come into force, a further notice will be published detailing the applicable thresholds.

Public Sector Contracting Authorities
  • Goods 164,176
  • Services 164,176
  • Works 4,104,394

Changes to the public procurement rules in Scotland


in 2016 there are a number of key changes to the rules on public procurement in Scotland, arising from:

  • EU Directive 2014/24/EU ("the public procurement directive");
  • EU Directive 2014/25/EU ("the utilities directive");
  • EU Directive 2014/23/EU ("the concessions directive"); and
  • The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 ("the Act")

Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) 6/2015 Provides more detail


Regulations transposing the public procurement directive were laid in the Scottish Parliament on the 18th December 2015 and will take effect on 18 April 2016.
There are three further sets of regulations:

  • transposing the utilities directive
  • transposing the concessions directive; and
  • under the Act;

These will be laid in January 2016 and will also come into effect on 18 April 2016.

  • Most provisions of the Act will commence on 18 April 2016, but some will commence later.
  • Statutory guidance under the Act will be published in the early part of 2016
  • Training on the changes to the rules will also be available from early 2016.

For Further Information Contact

Procurement
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa
Tel: 01259 452017 / 450000
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