The reform of German procurement legislation became necessary due to three new EU procurement Directives. They provide for harmonised rules for the whole procurement process ('single rulebook') throughout Europe. This refers to procurement procedures with high contract values (contract awards above the 'EU thresholds').

The new Directives were transposed into German law in April 2016.

The reform has made the rules on the award of public contracts simpler, more flexible and more user-friendly. At the same time, public procurement has become more social, ecological and innovative (strategic procurement).