On 13 December 2013, the European Commission has amended the EU Public Procurement Directives 2004/17/EC, 2004/18/EC and 2009/81/EC in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts.

The thresholds are:

 

New threshold

Current threshold

Directive 2004/18/EC

Public supply and service contracts awarded by sub-central contracting authorities

EUR 207.000

EUR 200.000

Public supply and service contracts awarded by central government authorities

EUR 134.000

EUR 130.000

Public works contracts

EUR 5.186.000

EUR 5.000.000

 

Directive 2004/17/EC

Supply and service contracts

EUR 414.000

EUR 400.000

Works contracts

EUR 5.186.000

EUR 5.000.000

 

Directive 2009/81/EC

Supply and service contracts

EUR 414.000

EUR 400.000

Works contracts

EUR 5.186.000

EUR 5.000.000

The ‘classical’ Directive 2004/18/EC concerns the procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts, whereas Directive 2004/17/EC concerns Procurement in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors, and Directive 2009/81 covers procurement in the fields of defence and security.

The new thresholds are adopted in Commission Regulation No 1336/2013 (OJ 2013, L 335/17), which will enter into force on 1 January 2014.

The application thresholds for the procedures for the awards of contract are amended every two years.