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A concise overview of EU procurement procedures – Best Practice Group

It’s commonly understood that large business process outsourcing relationships and complex enterprise software implementations are notoriously tricky in terms of realising value. In fact the major research houses tell us that almost 50 percent of them fail to achieve the outcomes client organisations and their vendors expect, wasting valuable resources, time and money! Best Practice Group, independent advisor, helps companies manage exactly this, helping service users and vendors achieve the business outcomes they intended.

Over the past 15 years it was been working closely with a broad range of business sectors, including local government, charities and educational establishments, advising and supporting executives, their teams and trusted service delivery partners. So its professionals are pretty well versed by now in the challenges these bodies are facing and the methods used to overcome them. The firm has produced a lot of good, helpful advice on how to tackle the changes that the 2014 EU Procurement Directives will bring, changes that are essential for everyone involved in the procurement process to understand. Spend Matters has covered the impact of the directives a lot, obviously because of their importance, so while we don’t wish to ‘overdo the subject,’ we did think it worthwhile bringing your attention to a recent article by BPG, which is a simple overview of all the procedures available.

It has covered the new procedures in the following articles:

Competitive Procedure with Negotiation – The New EU Procedure for Complex Projects

 Imminent new EU procurement rules pave way for Preliminary Market Engagement (PME)

Both of which outline the procedures to help the procurement process for any complex project. Its latest article, A concise overview of EU procurement procedures, BPG gives a useful, easy to follow overview of the main procedures, when they could be used, and a simplistic view of their process flow.

Open and Restricted Procedures, Competitive Dialogue Procedure, Competitive Procedure with Negotiation, and Innovation Partnership are five processes explained in terms of their relevance to a project with a simple outline of the process to follow. For each one it gives a straightforward explanation of its uses and ‘cuts to the chase’ to tell you precisely what you need to know.

The site generally is worth a visit – it offers free updates that you can sign up for, and free guides, such as ‘5 Steps to Successful Strategic Commissioning’ and ‘Multi-Sourcing? 7 Steps to Success & How to Avoid Contractual Pitfalls.’ You can visit the site here.