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New EU Procurement Directives approved

PublicSectorTravel - The European Parliament has rubber-stamped the revised package of EU Procurement Directives that were agreed by the EU Council in June 2013.

The new directives will see the introduction of a new definition of “most economically advantageous tender” (MEAT) in the award procedure, which will allow public authorities to put more emphasis on quality, environmental considerations, social aspects or innovation while still taking into account the price and life-cycle-costs of what is procured. “The new criteria will put an end to the dictatorship of the lowest price and once again make quality the central issue,” said Parliament’s rapporteur for procurement, Marc Tarabella.

Smaller companies will also benefit from the introduction of a standard European Single Procurement Document based on self-declaration in which only the winning bidder will have to provide original documentation. The European Commission estimates this should reduce the administrative burden on companies by more than 80%.