The long-awaited procurement Directive came into into force on 17 April, bringing in sweeping changes to public procurement law in the EU. Although Member States have two years from then to implement the Directive in national law, the Cabinet Office is aiming to fast-track this in England and Wales. As there are significant areas in which the UK has flexibility in implementing the Directive, there will be important consultations during the coming months.
This session will give an introduction to the key changes to be introduced by the new public procurement directive. We will cover:
- Changes to the procurement procedures available;
- Grounds for excluding bidders;
- Modifying contracts;
- Special cases for specific services;
- Employee Ownership and Mutuals; and
- Innovation through public procurement.
As well as looking at the main areas in the Directive, we will:
bring out early key implications
highlight the areas where the UK can develop its own regime
update you on the implementation process and what it means for you
draw out the areas bidders and contracting authorities should be acting on now, prior to formal implementation.
The session will be followed by a series of more detailed workshops in coming months on specific key areas.
Would you like to attend?