Policy/Legislation

Policy & strategy documents/reports and statutory instruments, etc Click on one of the items below.

EU Directives Transposed into Irish Law

 Two new EU Directives were transposed into Irish law on May 5. The two Regulations cover public procurement in the public service and in the utilities sector.

The Statutory Instruments transposing the Directives are available for download below, together with a document outlining their key features.

The new rules do not apply to a contract award procedure or a design contest commenced by a contracting authority/entity before 18 April 2016 (the effective date). In this context, please see Article 86 of the European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016. 

1. Key features of the New Regulations

1. Key Features of the New Regulations

2. Public Sector Procurement – European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016

Regulations made by the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform under SI 284 of 2016 implementing EU public procurement Directive 2004/24/EC. This version is PDF.

2. Public Sector Procurement Regulations 2016

3. European Union (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) Regulations 2016

Regulations made by the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform under SI 286 of 2016 implementing EU public procurement Directive 2004/25/EC. This version is PDF.

3. European Communities (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) Regulations 2016

4. National Public Procurement Policy Framework

National Public Procurement Policy Framework for driving the four strands of the procurement reform agenda - i.e., aggregating public sector demand, building procurement capacity/capability in the public sector, developing procurement training and education and incremental development of eProcurement systems. Note that this version of the document is available in hardcopy, on request, from eproc@finance.gov.ie.

4. National Public Procurement Policy Framework

5. Improving SME Access to Public Procurement

This document attempts to outline factors that impact on the SME sector in accessing public procurement opportunities, particularly in the light of a new national public procurement policy framework, to identify possible obstacles and, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders, to consider possible ways of appropriately encouraging / facilitating that sector's participation. 

5. Improving SME Access to Public Procurement

6. eProcurement Strategy

Strategy for the Implementation of eProcurement in the Irish Public Sector published 19th October 2001.

6. eProcurement Strategy

7. eProcurement Strategy: Executive Summary

Summary for the eProcurement strategy document posted above.

7. eProcurement Strategy: Executive Summary 

8. Award of Contracts Relating to Defence and Security

Statutory Instruments.
S.I. No. 62 of 2012

European Union (Award of Contracts Relating to Defence and Security)
Regulations 2012 Arrangement of Regulations.

8. Award of Contracts Relating to Defence and Security

9. EU-Clean and Energy-Efficient Road Transport Vehicles Regulation 2011

Statutory Instruments.
S.I. No. 339 of 2011

European Communities (Clean and Energy-Efficient
Road Transport Vehicles ) Regulation 2011

9. EU-Clean and Energy-Efficient Road Transport Vehicles Regulation 2011

10. Circular 10-10 & Guidance Doc on SME participation 13-08-10

10. Circular 10-10 & Guidance Doc on SME participation 13-08-10

11. Green Tenders - An Action Plan on Green Public Procurement1

11. Green Tenders - An Action Plan on Green Public Procurement

12. Circular 16/13

Revision of arrangements concerning the use of Central Contracts put in place by the National Procurement Service.

12. Circular 16/13