Official Journal of the European Union

L 337/22


of 18 December 2017

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 2014/115/EU (2), the Council approved the Protocol amending the Agreement on Government Procurement (‘the Agreement’) (3) concluded in the framework of the World Trade Organization. The Agreement is a plurilateral instrument and its purpose is to mutually open government procurement markets among its parties. It applies to any procurement contract with a value that reaches or exceeds the amounts (‘thresholds’) set in it and expressed as special drawing rights.


One of the objectives of Directive 2009/81/EC is to allow the contracting entities and the contracting authorities which apply that Directive to comply at the same time with the obligations laid down in the Agreement. To achieve that, the thresholds laid down by that Directive 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 in Directive 2009/81/EC should be aligned to the revised thresholds laid down in Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (4). 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 418 000’ is replaced by ‘EUR 443 000’;


in point (b), the amount ‘EUR 5 225 000’ is replaced by ‘EUR 5 548 000’.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2018.

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

Done at Brussels, 18 December 2017.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER

(1)  OJ L 216, 20.8.2009, p. 76.

(2)  Council Decision 2014/115/EU of 2 December 2013 on the conclusion of the Protocol Amending the Agreement on Government Procurement (OJ L 68, 7.3.2014, p. 1).

(3)  OJ L 68, 7.3.2014, p. 4.

(4)  Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC (OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, p. 243).