The Reform of Legislation on Public Procurement will be in Parliamentary Proceedings Presumably in Autumn 2015

 

The public procurement directives, announced in April, 2014, reform the public procurement legislation in the European Union almost entirely. The directives became effective on the 17th of April, 2014 and they need to be implemented in national legislations on the 17th of April, 2016 at the latest. The directives are the main reason for commencing the reform of legislation on public procurement.

 

Another goal for the reform is to simplify procurement procedures and to take factors such as employment, health and social aspects into account. Also, the meaning is to improve the position of small and medium-sized companies in taking part to a competitive bidding. Furthermore, the national threshold values will be examined and a supervision mechanism for public contracts will be created. The structure of the act is changed, in order to make it more readable. However, the main principles and the target of the current legislation is not changing.

 

The initiative is prepared in the Ministry of Employment and the Economy by a directing group and a preparing group. The groups have been at work since the beginning of 2014. The drafting of legislation has continued intensively until the 1st of May, 2015. The groups will hand over the bill to the minister in the middle of May, 2015. According to the current estimate, the reform of legislation on public procurement will be in Parliamentary Proceedings in autumn 2015.