The European Commission has, as expected, published revised thresholds applying to the new Procurement Directives from 1 January 2016. Corresponding values of the thresholds in the currencies for the UK and the other non-eurozone countries have also been published.

The revised thresholds are slightly higher than the current thresholds which were set two years ago under the previous Directives and carried through to the new Directives unchanged. The thresholds established for the new "Light Touch Regime" for procurements of certain social and other specified services are unchanged at € 750,000 for public contracts and € 1,000,000 for utilities contracts (with corresponding UK values of £ 589,148 and £ 785,530).

The revised thresholds are:

For the new Public Contracts Directive:

Supply and services contracts and design contests (central government authorities): € 135,000 (was € 134,000); or £ 106,047

Supply and services contracts and design contests (sub-central authorities): € 209,000 (was € 207,000); or £ 164,176

Works contracts and subsidised works contracts: € 5,225,000 (was € 5,186,000); or £ 4,104,394

Subsidised services contracts: € 209,000 (was € 207,000); or £ 164,176

For the new Utilities Directive:

Supply and services contracts and design contests: € 418,000 (was € 414,000); or £ 328,352

Works contracts: € 5,225,000 (was € 5,186,000); or £ 4,104,394

For the Concessions Directive:

Works and services concession contracts: € 5,225,000 (was € 5,186,000); or £ 4,104,394

The thresholds have not been changed for the old Directives, so purchasers still conducting procurements after 1 January under the old rules (because the new Directives have not yet been implemented in national law) will still need to refer to current thresholds. This will be the case for procurements by utilities in the UK until the new Utilities Directive is implemented here (expected to be by the implementation deadline of 16 April 2016).