Commission Delegated Regulations (EU) 2017/2364, 2017/2365, 2017/2366 and 2015/2367

On December 19th 2017, the Commission Delegated Regulations (EU) 2017/2364, 2017/2365, 2017/2366 and 2015/2367 were published, amending, respectively, Directives 2014/25/EU, 2014/24/EU, 2014/23/EU and 2009/81/CE, all approved by the European Parliament and of the Council, in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts.

By the Decision 2014/115/EU, of December 2nd 2013, the Council approved the Protocol amending the Agreement on Government concluded in the framework of the World Trade Organisation, which is a plurilateral instrument and its purpose is to mutually open government procurement markets among its parties. It applies to any procurement contract with a value that reaches or exceeds the thresholds set in it and expressed as special drawing rights.

One of the objectives of the abovementioned Directives is to allow the contracting entities which apply that Directive to comply at the same time with the obligations laid down in the Agreement. To achieve that, the thresholds laid down by that Directive for public contracts which are also covered by the Agreement should be aligned in order to ensure that they correspond to the euro equivalents, rounded down to the nearest thousand, of the thresholds set out in the Agreement.

For reasons of coherence, it is appropriate to align also the thresholds laid down in the Directives which are not covered by the Agreement.

The abovementioned Regulations shall enter into force on January 1st 2018.

I. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2364, of December 18th 2017, amending Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

In accordance with Article 1 of this Regulation, Article 15 of Directive 2014/25/EU is amended as follows:

(1) in point (a), the amount `EUR 418 000' is replaced by EUR 443 000;

(2) in point (b), the amount `EUR 5 225 000' is replaced by EUR 5 548 000.

II. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2365, of December 18th 2017, amending Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

Pursuant to Article 1 of the abovementioned Regulation, Directive 2014/24/EU is amended as follows:

1) Article 4 is amended as follows:

a) In point (a), the amount EUR 5 225 000 is replaced by EUR 5 548 000; b) In point (b), the amount EUR 135 000 is replaced by EUR 144 000; c) In point (c), the amount EUR 209 000 is replaced by EUR 221 000;

2) The first paragraph of Article 13 is amended as follows:

a) In point (a), the amount EUR 5 225 000 is replaced by EUR 5 548 000; b) In point (b), the amount EUR 209 000 is replaced by EUR 221 000.

III. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2366, of December 18th 2017, amending Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

In accordance with Article 1 of this Regulation, Article 8 of Directive 2014/23/EU shall be amended as follows:

1) In point 1, the amount EUR 5 225 000 is replaced by EUR 5 548 000.

IV. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2367, of December 18th 2017, amending Directive 2009/81/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

Pursuant to its Article 1, Article 8 of Directive 2009/81/CE shall be amended as follows:

1) In point a), the amount 418 000 EUR is replaced by 443 000 EUR;

2) In point b), the amount 5 225 000 EUR is replaced by 5 548 000 EUR.