Public purchasing — rules for water, energy, transport and postal sectors

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2014/25/EU on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

Thresholds

Contracts must be issued by national, regional or local authorities, public undertakings or entities benefiting from special or exclusive rights (i.e. the entities covered by this directive), according to the directive’s rules, when the sums involved are above the following ceilings (valid from 1 January 2016):

The European Commission assesses these thresholds every 2 years to determine whether they should be changed in accordance with the EU’s international obligations.

Activities covered

The directive applies to public procurement in:

Exemptions

The directive does not apply to contracts:

New standard forms for procurement notices

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1986 introduces new standard forms for publishing public procurement notices. These new forms applied to all new public procurement notices until 18 April 2016.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has applied since 17 April 2014. EU countries had to incorporate it into national by 18 April 2016.

BACKGROUND

General EU legislation setting out the rules for public purchasing is contained in Directive 2014/24/EU. These rules lay down the procedures to be followed and stipulate that national authorities, when using public procurement to invite tenders for work they wish carried out, must treat all applicants equally and avoid any discrimination between them. They must also be transparent in the way in which they operate and take decisions.

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

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, pp. 243-374)

Successive amendments to Directive 2014/25/EU have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC (OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, pp. 65-242)

See consolidated version

Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts (OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, pp. 1-64)

See consolidated version

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1986 of 11 November 2015 establishing standard forms for the publication of notices in the field of public procurement and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) No 842/2011 (OJ L 296, 12.11.2015, pp. 1-146)

last update 19.09.2016