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New prequalification questionnaire for use by central government purchasers

The Crown Commercial Service has published a new standard form public procurement prequalification questionnaire (PQQ). Our Procurement team discusses a few notable points about the questionnaire.
17 July 2014

Adoption of new agricultural block exemption regulation and guidelines

On 25 June, the European Commission announced that it had adopted a new agricultural block exemption regulation and state aid guidelines in relation to agriculture, forestry and rural development.
27 June 2014

Publication

Teckal and exceptions to mandatory application of public procurement procedures

The law on whether a public authority can award a contract without a tender process to another public authority is being developed. This article considers the possible impact for local authorities.
16 June 2014

Contracting authorities and developers beware: “Leases” may be subject to procurement law

Impresa Pizzarotti v Comune di Bari confirms the EU approach to interpretation – it is necessary to look at the nature of a transaction to determine if procurement rules apply.
27 May 2014

e-Invoicing for EU procurement to become a reality

Electronic invoicing for procurement across the EU came a step closer this week after a directive paving the way for a standardised form of e-invoice was published in the Official Journal.
09 May 2014

Publication

Direct awards to private non-profit organisations

The Court of Justice of the EU is considering a number of cases which concern when a public authority can legitimately procure services without a competition from other public sector entities.

07 March 2014

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

Publication

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
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