Official Journal of the European Union

L 330/14


of 15 December 2015

amending Directive 2009/81/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Directive 2009/81/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on the coordination of procedures for the award of certain works contracts, supply contracts and service contracts by contracting authorities or entities in the fields of defence and security, and amending Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC (1), and in particular Article 68 thereof,



By Decision 94/800/EC (2) the Council concluded the Agreement on Government Procurement (‘the Agreement’) (3). The Agreement should be applied to any procurement contract with a value that reaches or exceeds the amounts (‘thresholds’) set in the Agreement and expressed as special drawing rights.


One of the objectives of Directives 2004/17/EC (4) and 2004/18/EC (5) of the European Parliament and of the Council is to allow the contracting entities and the contracting authorities which apply those Directives to comply at the same time with the obligations laid down in the Agreement. To achieve that, the thresholds laid down by those Directives for public contracts which are also covered by the Agreement should be aligned in order to ensure that they correspond to the euro equivalents, rounded down to the nearest thousand, of the thresholds set out in the Agreement.


For reasons of coherence, the thresholds laid down by Directive 2009/81/EC should be aligned to the revised thresholds laid down in Article 16 of Directive 2004/17/EC.


Directive 2009/81/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.


The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Advisory Committee for Public Contracts,


Article 1

Article 8 of Directive 2009/81/EC is amended as follows:


In point (a), the amount ‘EUR 414 000’ is replaced by ‘EUR 418 000’.


In point (b), the amount ‘EUR 5 186 000’ is replaced by ‘EUR 5 225 000’.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2016.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 15 December 2015.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER

(1)  OJ L 216, 20.8.2009, p. 76.

(2)  Council Decision 94/800/EC of 22 December 1994 concerning the conclusion on behalf of the European Community, as regards matters within its competence, of the agreements reached in the Uruguay Round multilateral negotiations (1986-1994) (OJ L 336, 23.12.1994, p. 1).

(3)  The Agreement is a plurilateral agreement within the framework of the World Trade Organisation. The aim of the Agreement is to mutually open government procurement markets among its parties.

(4)  Directive 2004/17/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (OJ L 134, 30.4.2004, p. 1).

(5)  Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts (OJ L 134, 30.4.2004, p. 114).