Implementation of the Utilities and Concessions Directives

It's now six months or so since the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 came into force, implementing the new EU Public Contracts Directive. The government is now turning its attention to implementing the other two new EU Directives, on Utilities procurement and Concession contracts. This must be done by April 2016, to comply with the EU deadline.

To that end it has just published the draft Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 (UCR 2016) and the draft Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (CCR 2016). It is consulting on both drafts - the deadline for responses is 18 September 2016.

The consultation papers (available here and here) are worth a read even if you don't intend to respond because they offer an overview of the changes the UCR 2016 and CCR 2016 will bring once they come into force next year.

We are currently reviewing the draft regulations and consultation documents and will post again with further details of these soon.

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