The OGP has published 3 new information notes as part of Strand 5 of the National Public Procurement Framework. This note contains a brief summary of what the framework and information notes contain.
The purpose of this document is to set out the overarching policy framework for public procurement in Ireland. Nothing has changed for contracting authorities with the release of this document, it just sets out clearly the procurement procedures to be followed by Government Departments and State Bodies under national and EU rules.
This Framework will be subject to amendment and review periodically and the most up to date version will be published on the Office of Government Procurement’s website www.ogp.gov.ie. It is not intended as legal advice or a legal interpretation of Irish or EU law on public procurement. Legal or other professional advice should be obtained. Full details are available here.
The Concessions Directive is a new procurement regime introduced in 2014. It provides for a distinct set of procurement rules in respect of large-scale complex contracts most often occurring in the infrastructural development sector. As such, it has limited applicability in an Irish context and the standard procurement regime for public contracts as set out in the Classic Directive will continue to apply as the default procurement regime.
The short introductory note on the Concessions Directive explains the context of the new Concessions regime. For anyone requiring further guidance on the use or form of Concessions contracts, an Information Note on the Application of the Concessions Directive is also provided. Full details are available here.