The new thresholds will apply to all contracts let and procurements that begin after 1 January 2020.
The Government has now published its “no deal notice” for public procurement.
You can find it here.
All that this notice says is that instead of having to advertise “above tendering threshold” contracts in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), there will be a UK-wide website for these notices. This will be in addition to the need to advertise on Contracts Finder (or Sell2Wales), rather than instead of it.
The notice confirms that there will need to be amending Regulations addressing the “technical” changes to the public procurement rules that will be needed on Brexit. These include:
- thresholds expressed in euros, which will need to be converted to pounds;
- references to European institutions, which will need to refer to UK institutions, where they exist;
- deciding whether the EU “Common Procurement Vocabulary” should still be used to decide whether particular activities are works, services or supplies;
- deciding whether the obligations in the UK Regulations are still enforceable by contractors and suppliers based in other EU Member States (which they will unless the amending Regulations change this); and
- deciding whether the EU Treaty principles (of non-discrimination, equal treatment and transparency) will apply to “below-threshold contracts” which may be of “cross-border interest”
The notice also states that the UK is hoping to sign up to the World Trade Organisation’s Government Purchasing Agreement (GPA). The application was submitted on 1st June 2018 but the WTO has asked for more information, including more information about the UK’s proposed public procurement regime. Further information on this is available in the Parliamentary briefing paper on Brexit and public procurement, published at the start of September - see here.
For more information
Please contact Andrew Millross.
The engagement report found four key areas for improvement; key person risk, pension board management, protecting members from scams and handling employer-related risks.
Many local authorities have declared a “climate emergency”; heat networks can be a part of the solution.
The Government have announced that there will be urgent reviews leading to the discharge of wrongly detained young people.
A review conducted by the MoJ found that the costs of the OPG to supervise deputyships between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015 did not match the fees that the MoJ had set.
Final accounts may mark the end of the delivery phase, but risks remain that must be managed appropriately to avoid disputes.
Following a consultation earlier this year, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has now published the final form of the new Rent Standard.
Following their consultation earlier this year, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has now published the final form of the new Rent Standard.
We are delighted to announce the following promotions within Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Procuring organisations who have to make substantial changes to a contract during an OJEU tender process can breathe a sigh of relief.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.