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The Directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose values equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2020 are given below. Thresholds are net of VAT.
The European Public Contracts Directive (2014/24/EU) applies to public authorities including, amongst others, government departments, local authorities and NHS authorities and trusts.
(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.
The European Utility Contracts Directive (2014/25/EU) applies to certain utility companies operating in the energy, water, and transport sectors.
The European defence & Security Directive (2009/81/EC) applies to entities operating in the fields of defence and security.
The European Concessions Directive (2014/23/EU) applies only to concessions contracts. Concessions are contracts for pecuniary interest by means of which one of more contracting authorities or contracting entities entrusts the execution of works, or the the provision and the management of services, to one of more economic operators.