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The new EU Procurement Directives – useful analysis from Vortal

Vortal is a leading procurement software business and supporters of this website of course. Now if you click on the Vortal logo you see in the top right hand corner of our page, you will already have found it does not lead to their company home page (which is here) but to the website.

This has been created by Vortal to help anyone, individual or organisation, who wants to understand what the new EU directives mean for procurement. It is an easy to use and attractively laid out website with a succinct approach to communicating the key issues that are covered by the new directives, which are being transposed as we speak into national legislation around Europe.

After explaining why this is happening, Vortal list six key areas of interest, with brief summaries of the key points for each topic. We then have the timetable laid out, and the most detail on the site actually comes under the FAQs (frequently asked questions) – there is some very useful clarification here, and I am personally using this as a reference source.

Going back to the “what is changing” section, and just as an example of the sort of material that is available, here is the full text from point 3 on the list, which covers the increased scope for negotiation allowed by the new directives.


More Room for Negotiation

The new Directives follow a “tool box approach” which gives contracting authorities more flexibility, greater options and new routes to procurement.

They have much greater freedom to choose the type and design of procedure best suited to their needs:

  • Access to procedures involving negotiations is a great deal larger and more flexible than under the current Directives, so that contracting authorities can effectively use such procedures in all situations where negotiations are required.
  • The new competitive procedure with negotiation replaces the current negotiated procedure with prior publication of a contract notice. To ensure fairness, transparency and efficiency, this new procedure is more clearly structured. It focusses on the improvement of the tenders and provides contracting authorities with effective instruments to obtain the best possible procurement outcome in the negotiations.
  • The competitive dialogue has been simplified and made more practicable. It is now accessible under the same conditions as the competitive procedure with negotiation giving the contracting authority full choice.
  • The new innovation partnership broadens the choice for contracting authorities. It allows them to procure highly innovative solutions by offering a smart combination of research services with purchase elements.

Some of the channels that could be used:

  • Dynamic Purchasing Systems – Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) are electronic systems allowing public purchasers to consult a large number of potential suppliers of standardised (“off-the-shelf”) works, supplies or services, whose capabilities have already been verified.
  • Electronic Auctions – In a specific procurement procedure, when the offers have been presented and examined, an electronic auction can be launched to determine in particular the final price to be paid for the – generally standardised goods, works or services.
  • Electronic Catalogues – The electronic catalogue is a completely new electronic procurement tool which was made available to public purchasers and companies.

As we say, that is just a sample – access the whole useful site here.