The Ministry of Employment and the Economy (“MEE”) has commenced an overall reform of the public procurement legislation in Finland. The aim of the reform is, among others, to simplify the procurement procedure. Further, the reform develops the fact that the employment situation as well as health and social aspects will be better taken into account in public procurements. The reform also aims to improve the possibility for small and medium sized enterprises to take part in tenders. Furthermore, the reform examines the national thresholds and aims to create a review mechanism for public procurements. According to the MEE, the overall legislative reform in Finland is due to enter into force in spring 2016. The reform is based on the Commission’s in-depth modernization of the public procurement regime in the EU whereby Directive 2004/17/EC (procurement in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors) and 2004/18/EC (public works, supply and service contracts) will be revised and a directive on concession contracts will be adopted. The MEE estimates that the directive reforms will be accepted in the EU in February 2014. Source: Ministry of Employment and Economy Press Release 19/11/2013