The EU-wide modernisation of procurement law aims to develop the rules for procurement in line with the current needs of the developing internal market and to achieve greater harmonisation within the EU.
Biggest reform since 2004
The reform of procurement law which entered into force on 18 April 2016 aims to make procurement procedures more efficient, simple and flexible, and to facilitate the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in procurement procedures. The new legal framework permits contracting authorities to make more use of public procurement to support strategic objectives. These particularly include social, environmental and innovative aspects. The new rules of Part 4 of the Act against Restraints of Competition also set out the main exceptions from procurement law. This ensures that municipalities in particular will have greater legal certainty when they provide public services.
Moving procurement into the digital era
In future, the requirement to introduce eProcurement for contracts above the EU threshold means that the entire procurement procedure will be conducted online. This will reduce the amount of effort companies need to make to find out about and bid for contracts – procurement procedures will become quicker.