As from 1 January 2016, there are new (higher) thresholds in place affecting the obligation on contracting authorities to advertise public procurements in the Official Journal of the European Union. The thresholds are reviewed eve-ry two years, the last review being in December 2013.  

The new thresholds for public procurement not in the utilities sectors are as follows:

  • €5,225,000 for contracts for works;
  • €209,000 for contracts for supplies;
    • However, the amount is €135,000 for federal contracting au-thorities, as mentioned in Appendix 2 of the Royal Decree of 15 July 2011, and, with regard to defence, only for the prod-ucts mentioned in that Appendix 2;
  • €209,000 for contracts for services;
    • However, the amount is €135,000 for federal contracting au-thorities as mentioned in the same Appendix1.

In the utilities sectors, the new thresholds are as follows:

  • €5,225,000 for contracts for works;
  • €418,000 for contracts for supplies;
  • €418,000 for contracts for services.

To summarize, the new thresholds are as follows:

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These new thresholds are effective as of 1 January 2016 for public procure-ment and public works concessions for which:

  • an advertising notification has been sent to the Official Journal of the European Union or to the Belgian “Bulletin des Adjudications”;
  • if there is no prior advertising obligation, the invitation for economic operators to submit a tender or put themselves forward as candi-dates is effective as of this date.