Classification, Conflicts of Interest and Change of Contractor: A Critical Look at the Public Sector Procurement Directive

EPPPL Vol. 10, No. 3. pp 171-186.

19 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2017

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Abby Semple

Public Procurement Analysis; University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Politics

Marta Andhov

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI)

Date Written: February 27, 2015

Abstract

The deadline for implementation of the 2014 procurement directives falls in April 2016. In transposing the Public Sector Directive (2014/24/EU) a close look at the text reveals a number of ambiguities – in particular regarding the classification of mixed contracts; application of remedies to contracts for social and other specific services (‘light touch regime’ contracts); the provisions on conflicts of interest; and the rules on modifications to contracts as these affect change of contractor. This article analyses these provisions in light of prior CJEU case law and relevant soft law, proposing interpretations which best reflect these sources. It identifies areas where national law or guidance may be able to provide a greater degree of clarity than the Public Sector Directive.

Keywords: mixed contracts; light touch regime contracts; conflict of interest; rules on modifications to contracts; public procurement

Suggested Citation

Semple, Abigail and Andhov, Marta, Classification, Conflicts of Interest and Change of Contractor: A Critical Look at the Public Sector Procurement Directive (February 27, 2015). EPPPL Vol. 10, No. 3. pp 171-186. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2924469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2924469

Abigail Semple

Public Procurement Analysis ( email )

London
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.procurementanalysis.eu

University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Politics ( email )

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London, WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

Marta Andhov (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI) ( email )

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Copenhagen, 2300
Denmark

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