Developments in Public and Utilities Procurement Law and Remedies, Spring 2011


Author: Aaron Boyle

A number of important changes in Public Procurement Law in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland came into force in 2010.

These spring mainly from the new ‘Procurement Remedies Directive’ 2007/66/EC which was required to be transposed into national law by 20 December 2009. That date was met in Northern Ireland where the Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and the Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 were both published in November 2009. In the Republic of Ireland, the European Communities (Public Authorities Contracts) (Review Procedures) Regulations 2010, and the European Communities (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) (Review Procedures) Regulations 2010 were both made by the Minister for Finance for the same purpose on 25 March 2010.

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