The principles of EU procurement
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The principles of EU procurement

The following Construction practice note produced in partnership with Hardwicke provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The principles of EU procurement
  • Brexit impact—public procurement
  • Procurement in the EU
  • The Treaty Principles
  • The Directives
  • UK regulations

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Construction?

Brexit impact—public procurement

The UK public procurement regime derives from EU public procurement laws, and is therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For general updates on the process and preparations for Brexit, see Practice Note: Brexit timeline. For further reading on the impact of Brexit on public procurement, see Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for public procurement.

Procurement in the EU

Procurement in the EU is concerned with:

  1. public procurement, which is procurement by the State, regional or local authorities and other public bodies

  2. utilities procurement, ie procurement in the 'utilities' sectors, such as water, energy, transport

OJEU stands for the Official Journal of the European Union, which is the gazette of record for the European Union and formerly referred to as OJEC (Official Journal of the European Community). It is in this online-only service that notices relating to procurement matters, ie invitations

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