On 5 May 2016 the European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016 and the European Union (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) Regulations 2016 were published. These new Regulations transpose the EU Public Procurement and Utilities directives of 2014 and are deemed to come into operation from 18 April 2016. All procurement competitions will have to comply with these new Regulations going forward, subject to certain transitional arrangements as provided for in the Regulations.