The new EU procurement rules 2014 are designed to ensure better value for money and improved quality. The reduction of red tape should also make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to tender.
EU-rules on public procurement apply to public authorities buying works, goods or services.
New EU Procurement Rules 2014 – Summary
They will include tougher rules on subcontracting and have a new award criteria that will put more emphasis on:
- Environmental considerations
- Social aspects
Procurement will use the MEAT criteria (most economically advantageous tender). This balances the above elements with price.
One of the aims is to encourage more innovation. This will be achieved through openness – making it possible for tenderers to negotiate innovative solutions during the tendering procedure (as opposed to bidding on a pre-determined specification).
New EU Procurement Rules 2014 – Helping SMEs
Red tape will be reduced to make it easier for SMEs to tender: Continue reading