The European Commission has recognised that the exceptional nature of the current economic situation can justify the use of the accelerated procedure", Moreover, the Commission has indicated that a "presumption of urgency should apply throughout 2009 and 2010 for all major public projects...".

Article 38(8) of Directive 2004/18/EC (the Public Sector Directive) allows recourse to accelerated restricted procedures where justified on the grounds of urgency. The use of the accelerated procedure may considerably reduce the overall time limit for a restricted procedure from 87 days to 30 days.

Under the accelerated timeline, contracting authorities may shorten the time limit for requests for participation from 37 to 10 days where the contract notice was sent by electronic means and the subsequent time limit for the selected candidates to submit their tenders from 40 to 10 days. With the remaining standstill period of 10 days, time limits for the restricted procedure can therefore be ultimately shortened to 30 days in all.