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Government steams ahead with procurement reforms

PublicTechnology - In April, the European Union formally adopted new directives covering all areas of procurement for all public bodies.

Member states had two years from that date to incorporate the requirements into domestic law, but the UK Government has signalled that it wants to push ahead quickly with the process.

The consultation document said: “The government has negotiated successfully in Brussels over the last two years to simplify and modernise the existing framework of EU procurement directives, to make public procurement faster, less costly and enable better value outcomes for Government, industry, and the wider public sector.

“The UK aims to implement the new directives earlier than the two years required by the EU, to take advantage of the new flexibilities as soon as possible.”

European officials have noted the UK’s desire to move quickly, and has signalled its intention to make the new EU procurement forms available for use by the autumn, the UK government said.

If there are delays to publication, the government says that it is planning to use the current forms and notices until the new forms are ready.