New EU Directive on Public Procurement

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The New Directives on Public Procurement

Lorem IpsumPublic procurement plays a key role in the Europe 2020 strategy, set out as a market strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, while ensuring the most efficient use of public funds.

For that purpose, the public procurement rules adopted in the Directive 2004/17/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 4 ) and Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 5 ) should be revised and modernised in order to increase the efficiency of public spending. The main goal is to facilitate the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in public procurement, and to enable public entities to make better use of public procurement in support of common societal goals.

Therefore, Directive 2014/24/EU and Directive 2014/25/EU repeal the Directive 2004/17/EC and Directive 2004/18/EC and Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.


Innovation partnership is the major development in Directive 2014/24/EU procedures.


Lorem IpsumMember States shall ensure that the application of public procurement rules is monitored. Where monitoring authorities or structures identify violations or systemic problems, they shall be empowered to indicate those problems to national auditing authorities, courts or tribunals or other appropriate authorities or structures.

Those results shall be made available to the public and shall also be made available to the Commission.

Every three years each Member States shall submit to the Commission a monitoring report covering, where applicable, information on the most frequent sources of wrong application or of legal uncertainty.

For every contract or framework agreement covered by the Directive, and every time a dynamic purchasing system is established, contracting authorities shall draw up a written report to be sent to the European Comission.


Lorem IpsumThis Directive is addressed to the Member States and shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, which occurred on March 28th.

Directive 2004/18/EC is repealed with effect from 18 April 2016.

Although there are a few exceptions laid down in Directive 2014/24/EU, Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 18 April 2016. They shall forthwith communicate to the Commission the text of those measures.


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