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Changes to EU procurement rules - 5 September 2012

The UK government has been involved in the main EU negotiations and has published an update on proposals to assist the participation of charities in EU procurement.

At the end of last year, the European Commission issued draft proposals to modernise and simplify EU procurement and to enable greater access to funding and contracts for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Some positives that have been agreed during negotiations include:

  • increased flexibility in the use of negotiation in tendering
  • increasing the use of self-declarations so only the winning bidder would have to produce required certificates and documents.
  • the encouragement to break large contracts into lots to encourage SMEs. However, it is likely that this decision will be left to the contracting authority, rather than it being a requirement.

For the current update on this complex area of funding click here.