Public procurement law—reform [Archived]
Public procurement law—reform [Archived]

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public procurement law—reform [Archived]
  • The EU public procurement regime
  • Timeline—procurement reform
  • Main reforms—Public Contracts Directive
  • Main reforms—Utilities Directive

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

It is an archived document setting out the timeline of reforms to the EU public procurement regime. For more information on the current regime, see Practice Notes: Introduction to public contracts procurement, Introduction to concession contracts procurement and Introduction to utilities contracts procurement.

The EU public procurement regime

Public procurement of goods, services and works accounts for a significant percentage of gross domestic product (GDP). In the UK, the size of the public procurement market is about 20% of the GDP (including utilities).

Before the creation of the EU Single Market, contracting authorities typically favoured domestic suppliers. Not only was this in breach of EU law, but it also had negative macro and microeconomic repercussions for the EU economy. A modern, efficient and transparent procurement law regime is therefore seen as an important part of the EU's legislative toolkit to combat anti-competitive practices. To ensure that the regime is as modern as possible, the EU has reformed its procurement law regime.

The EU public procurement regime consists of a series of directives that have been implemented in each EU Member State. The key aspects of the EU public procurement regime are set out in the following EU Directives, implemented in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as follows:

  1. Directive 2014/24/EU (the Public Contracts Directive) addresses contracts awarded by central

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