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EU Procurement Thresholds

The European public contracts directive (2014/24/EU) applies to public authorities including, amongst others, government departments, local authorities and NHS Authorities and Trusts. Note: This directive will not be transposed into Scottish legislation until March 2016. With the exception of social and other specific services the following thresholds will apply to procurement carried out under the existing procurement directives in Scotland.

The directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2016 are given below. Thresholds are net of VAT.



THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC CONTRACTS DIRECTIVE (2014/24/EU)


  Supply, Services1 and Design Contracts Works Contracts2 Social and other specific services3
Central Government4 £106,047
€135,000
£4,104,394
€5,225,000
£589,148
€750,000
Other contracting authorities £164,176
€209,000
£4,104,394
€5,225,000
£589,148
€750,000
Small Lots £62,842
€84,000
£785,530
€1,000,000
n/a

1With the exception of the following services which have different thresholds or are exempt:
   – Social and other specific services (subject to the light touch regime) Article 74.
   – Subsidised services contracts specified under Article 15.
   – Research and development services under Article 14 (specified CPV codes are exempt).

2With the exception of subsidised works contracts specified under Article 13.

3As per Article 74. Services are listed in Annex XIV. Applying in Scotland from March 2016.

4Schedule 1 of the Public Contracts Regulations lists the Central Government Bodies subject to the WTO GPA. These thresholds will also apply to any successor bodies.



THE EUROPEAN UTILITY CONTRACTS DIRECTIVE (2014/25/EU)

The European utility contracts directive (2014/25/EU) applies to certain utility companies operating in the Energy, Water, and Transport sectors and will be transposed into UK legislation, including Scotland, in April 2016. With the exception of social and other specific services the following thresholds will apply to procurement carried out under the existing Utilities procurement directives from 1st January 2016.

  Supply, Services and Design Contracts Works Contracts Social and other specific services5
Utility authorities £328,352
€418,000
£4,104,394
€5,225,000
£785,530
€1,000,000

5Applying from April 2016.



THE DEFENCE & SECURITY DIRECTIVE (2009/81/EC)

The Defence & Security Directive (2009/81/EC) applies to entities operating in the fields of defence and security.

The directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2016 are given below. Thresholds are net of VAT.

  Supply, Services and Design Contracts Works Contracts Social and other specific services
Defence and Security authorities £328,352
€418,000
£4,104,394
€5,225,000
n/a