A Directive designed to introduce special provisions for the award of defence contracts was approved by the European Parliament at First Reading on 14 January 2009. The Council's formal adoption of the Directive is expected shortly, following which, Member States will have two years to transpose the new rules into national law. The Directive applies in the defence and security field to services and supply contracts valued over €412,000 and to those valued over €5,150,000 in relation to works contracts. The object of the Directive is to introduce rules specially adapted for the procurement of arms and equipment and related works and services for defence and some non-military security areas (e.g. anti-terrorism). It contains special features and flexibility to take into account issues relating to confidentiality and security. It is noted that the procurement of non-sensitive and non-military equipment, works and services will remain subject to normal public procurement rules (Directive 2004/18/EC). At the other end of the spectrum, highly sensitive military procurement will be exempt from the rules on competitive tendering by virtue of Article 296 of the EC Treaty.