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UK Government calls for input on public procurement reform

9 January 2012

Just before Christmas the UK Government requested input from various bodies across the UK on the EU Commission’s legislative proposals for a reform of public procurement. Both the Commission and the Government have stated that procurement reform is a priority in 2012 so we are hoping to see some progress made over the next 12 months. EU reform is a time consuming process however, so don’t expect to see any legislative changes trickle down to the UK in the next year or two.

The Commission produced a green paper proposing reform which the Government responded to in July last year. Some of the responses made have clearly been incorporated into the current proposals and the Government has stated its intention to continue negotiations throughout 2012 with a view to protecting the UK’s position. If the Government can continue to push for simpler, more flexible procurement regulations then this will be welcomed by both the public and private sectors.

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