Procurement spending in the areas of aerospace, defence and security is significant. In 2012 alone, EU Member States spent over €34billion on defence equipment procurement. The UK Ministry of Defence spends over £20 billion per year on products and services, with projected spending under its Defence Equipment Plan of around £160 billion in the ten years from 2013. While the purchase of sensitive defence equipment is a significant part of defence procurement, the opportunities available in this sector include a wide range of products and services including the proposed outsourcing of a substantial number of property and facilities management services.
The legal framework that governs this area, including the use of offset arrangements, however, is complex and reflects the competing demands that exist between the essential security interests of governments and the importance of ensuring transparency and equal treatment in the bid process.
At Bird & Bird we have a significant track record in assisting clients at all stages in the procurement process, not just in the UK but throughout other countries in the EU. We are delighted to invite you to a seminar on Tuesday 17 March 2015 which is designed to provide a high level view of the relevant rules and regulations, together with some of the key practical and strategic issues for bidders to be aware of. The topics covered reflect the fact that procurement programmes in the aerospace, defence and security sector cover a broad range of goods and services and not just those covered by the Article 346 TFEU exemption.
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