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Proposals for sharing confidential bidder information between government bodies

The Cabinet Office has issued a policy note which aims to ensure that procurement information relating to bidders can be shared across central government bodies. 
13 February 2014

Adoption by the EU Council of the new procurement package

On 11 February, the Council of the EU adopted without amendment a package of three new directives which will overhaul the operation of public procurement across the EU.
12 February 2014

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European Commission takes more steps to modernise application of State aid rules

The European Commission has recently published a raft of new measures modernising and simplifying State Aid legislation. Our State Aid team takes a look at the latest developments.
30 January 2014

Formal adoption of the new procurement and concessions directives

On 15 January, major reforms of the European Union's public procurement law were adopted by the European Parliament. Our procurement team take a closer look at the new measures and their implications.
17 January 2014

Publication

Revised public procurement thresholds

Our procurement team looks at the Commission's review of public procurement thresholds which apply to contracts under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and the Utilities Contract Regulations 2006.
20 December 2013

Government proposals to help SMEs in procurement

In 'Small Business: GREAT ambition', the Government sets out some proposals on how it intends to ensure at least 25% of annual public spending will go to Small and Medium Enterprises by 2015.
11 December 2013

Does negotiated procedure allow authorities to negotiate mandatory tender requirements?

In Nordecon v Rahandusministeerium, The European Court was asked whether an authority is free to revise mandatory technical requirements included in its tender documentation.
09 December 2013

Direct award of concessions is a breach of transparency

Our procurement team looks at the implications of two significant cases on authorities awarding concession contracts re: equal treatment and non-discrimination on the basis of nationality.
19 November 2013

Publication

New EU State aid rules for agriculture and forestry sectors

Our State Aid team examines key changes the European Commission has recently published in a draft block exemption regulation for financial support to the agriculture, forestry and rural sectors.
13 November 2013

Covanta stops Merseyside Waste entering contract after six year procurement process

An unsuccessful bidder has convinced a court to stop an energy from waste contract while it resolves legal proceedings, potentially delaying the contract for at least a further two years.
10 October 2013

European Court: Are bodies funded by their members are exempt from the procurement regime?

The European Court looks at the boundaries of indirect funding in the context of a professional association for medical professionals in Germany (IVD v Artzekammer).
02 October 2013

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NHS gets serious about procurement

A recent Department of Health report outlines how procurement strategies will be implemented across the NHS with suggestions of how to save millions in taxpayer money and better front-line services.
09 September 2013
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