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Public procurement policy review: December 2016 to February 2017

This post sets out the key developments in public procurement legislation and policy that lawyers need to be aware of and covers the period from December 2016 to February 2017. The post does not consider case law as this is covered in our monthly public case digest. For a summary of the latest cases, see Public Procurement case digest (January 2017). A new case digest covering cases from February and March 2017 will be published at the start of April.

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European Commission publications

The European Commission has issued the following publications:

  • On 31 January 2017, the European Commission published Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/168 identifying 27 internet technical specifications for referencing in public procurement in the Official Journal.
  • On 24 January 2017, the European Commission published its report to the European Parliament and the Council on the effectiveness of Directives 89/665/EEC and 92/13/EEC as modified by Directive 2007/66/EC, concerning review procedures in the area of public procurement.
  • On 20 January 2017, the European Commission published a consultation document on setting up a proposed voluntary ex ante assessment mechanism for large infrastructure projects.

Crown Commercial Service policy notes

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued the following policy notes:

Other government publications

  • On 16 February 2017, the Government and the European Union published state aid and technical assistance guidance documents in relation to the European Structural and Investment Funds.
  • On 13 February 2017, the Department for Communities and Local Government published a proposal for consultation on an addition to the Best Value Statutory Guidance.
  • On 30 January 2017, the Single Source Regulations Office published a consultation on recommendations for review of Part 2 of the Defence Reform Act 2014 and the Single Source Contract Regulations 2014.
  • On 23 January 2017, the government published a green paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, launching a consultation on the UK’s industrial priorities. The green paper provides a useful summary of the government’s current initiatives, containing infrastructure and procurement items.
  • On 13 January 2017, the Department of Health published updated terms and conditions for NHS bodies procuring goods and services.


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