EU Public Procurement Thresholds

European public sector organisations are governed by several directives that require contracts, with values equal to or exceeding the thresholds below, to be published on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). These thresholds are NOT inclusive of VAT.

Public Contracts

Contracts relating to public authorities, which includes government departments, local authorities, and healthcare authorities.

Supply, services(1)and design contracts
Works contracts(2)
Social and other specific services(3)
Central Government(4)
€140,000
€5,382,000
€750,000
Other contracting authorities
€215,000
€5,382,000
€750,000
Small lots
€80,000
€1,000,000
n/a

(1)With 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 13 (Article 14 in Scotland).
   – Research and development services under Article 14 (Article 15 in Scotland) (specified CPV codes are exempt).

(2)With the exception of subsidised works contracts specified under Article 13 (Article 14 in Scotland).

(3)As per Article 74, services are listed in Schedule 3.

(4)Schedule 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.

Utilities Contracts

Contracts relating to certain utility companies operating in the energy, water, and transport sectors.

Supply, services and design contracts
Works contracts
Social and other specific services
Utility authorities
€431,000
€5,382,000
€1,000,000

Defence and Security Public Contracts

Contracts relating to entities operating in the fields of defence and security.

Supply, services and design contracts
Works contracts
Social and other specific services
Defence and Security authorities
€431,000
€5,382,000
n/a

Concession Contracts

Concessions are contracts for pecuniary interest by means of which one or more contracting authorities, or contracting entities, entrusts the execution of works, or the provision and the management of services, to one or more economic operators.

Concession Contracts
Authorities
€5,382,000