The new European public procurement directives are available in the European Official Journal (EU Official Journal L 94 of March 28, 2014).
The public procurement directives govern how the public authorities procure construction, delivery and other services. The three directives pertain to about 15% of the gross national product. They apply to the Federal government, German states and municipalities as well as to private contracting authorities from the transport, energy, and water sectors. The directives will enter into force on April 17, 2014.
"The new directives must be transposed into German law within two years," said Dr. Ute Jasper, public procurement law expert at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. "While public procurement will adhere to the principles of transparency and equal treatment, there will be a lot of changes in daily practice."
Until now, the Federal Republic of Germany has never complied with the deadlines for transposing European public procurement law. Should the transposition be delayed beyond April 17, 2016, the directives will be immediately applicable as of then.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's Practice Group "Public Sector & Public Procurement" specializes in public procurement law. For years, it has been ranked number 1 in JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms and, according to "Kanzleien in Deutschland" is the "premier contact on the market" for infrastructure. Dr. Ute Jasper, Head of the Practice Group, received numerous national and international awards in 2013. The Practice Group led by Dr. Ute Jasper conceives and designs numerous infrastructure projects of the Federal government, the German states and several cities and municipalities, for example, RRX, Germany's largest urban transport project.