New Procurement Directive
On 5 September 2013, the public procurement reform package (which includes new directives on Public Procurement, Utilities and Concessions) was formally endorsed by the Internal Market Committee. The European Parliament's first or single reading plenary session is now scheduled for 9 December 2013 (this was scheduled for November, but has since been postponed).
The Council will then consider the European Parliament's position and depending on whether or not it agrees with it, the reforms may go to a second hearing of the European Parliament, or be signed by the presidents of the European Parliament and of the Council and published in the Official Journal.
Whilst Member States have 2 years in which to implement the new directives in national law, it is understood that the UK Government is likely to go for an earlier implementation as many of the new measures are seen as improving efficiency and benefitting business, particularly small and medium sized enterprises.