Topic Archives: International Public Procurement

International
January 10, 2018International Public Procurement

New Procurement Threshold Values Apply Across Europe from January 1, 2018

Every two years, the European Union updates the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise across Europe.  The financial thresholds effective from January 1, 2018 have now been published. A series of three European Commission regulations published on December 18, 2017 amend the existing European directives that set out the ...›

International

Mandatory Changes Proposed to UK Government Contracts’ Data Privacy Terms

The UK government has announced that it intends to write to all government contractors in order to make unilateral changes to all UK government contracts to comply with impending changes in EU data privacy law. It’s not clear how the UK government intends to implement these contractual changes given that, in almost every case, the ...›

International

UK Supreme Court to Contractors: Are You Serious?

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the damages remedy available to aggrieved government contractors under the EU procurement regime is only available if an authority breach is sufficiently serious.  The decision will add an extra step for complaining tenderers in Europe: not only must they prove that a breach of the procurement rules occurred ...›

International

“Reciprocity Rules” – Germany, France and Italy Initiate Debate About EU-Wide Restrictions on Foreign Investment and Access to Government Contracts

The ministers of economy for three European Union (EU) and Eurozone members—Germany, France and Italy—in a joint proposal addressed to the EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström are putting “proposals for ensuring an improved level playing field in trade and investment” on the EU Commission’s agenda. In their joint letter, the three ministers stress that ...›

International
December 20, 2016International Public Procurement

Consortium Bidding in European Government Contracts

Consortium bids are relatively common in the European government contract sector.  But, under European law, what happens in a situation where a company which is part of a bidding consortium drops out during the procurement process?  If the previous composition of the consortium satisfied the authority’s pre-selection criteria, can the remaining companies continue with the ...›

International
August 18, 2016International Public Procurement

Non-EU Bids on EU Public Contracts

The European Union’s rules on government procurement have traditionally been admirably open and non-discriminatory, free from the “buy local” preferences found elsewhere in the world. That could change in view of a draft regulation issued by the European Commission which will allow the EU to impose price preferences against certain bids ...›

FCPA

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary resources. This month we ask: Who was tapped as the permanent head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) FCPA Unit? Which companies ...›