跟随我们之前的 博客 on the Public Contracts 规章制度 2015 (the "Regulations"), this time we are looking at sub-threshold contracts; those contracts whose value is lower than the threshold above which the 规章制度 apply in full.
At present, these are not covered by the Public Contracts 规章制度 2006 (although the general EC Treaty principles around transparency, non-discrimination 和 equality of treatment must still be respected).
When we first set eyes on the draft 规章制度 和 looked at draft 规章制度 105 to 109 we got a surprise; these regulations introduce a new regime in respect of under threshold contracts that actually goes further than was required by the parent Directive.
If implemented in their current form, the below-threshold 规章制度 (which will apply to contracts over £10,000 for Central Government 和 £25,000 for other contracting authorities) will impose two key requirements:
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Contracting authorities will therefore need to update their procurement teams 和 policies, to ensure that these new requirements are being met; they will apply from the date that the 规章制度 come into force (likely to be in the first part of 2015).