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Cabinet Office gold?

4 September 2012

Or maybe silver. The Cabinet Office is claiming victory on a number of points that they have been negotiating (and continue to) with the EU regarding the new procurement directive.

Proposed “national oversight bodies” will no longer come into being and there will not be a mandatory division of contracts into lots in order to encourage SME participation. The Cabinet Office has also been pushing for greater access to the competitive procedure with negotiation, slightly ironic considering the current clampdown on use of the competitive dialogue process and requirement for central government contracts to be procured within 120 days, and it claims that these requests have been acted upon.

One area in which they haven’t been successful is the retention of the Part A/Part B split with this being a key issue for Europe. Though there will be a “lighter touch” regime for some services.

We wait to see what the next round of dialogue and the final directive brings.

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