New EU thresholds for public procurement
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1251/2011 establishes new application thresholds that determine which contracts fall within EU-wide tendering procedures. As to the supply and service contracts and design contests, the new thresholds are as from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013, depending on the contracting authority (i) 130 000 EUR (central government authority), (ii) 200 000 (other contracting authorities) or (iii) 400 000 (authorities in special sectors). With regard to public works contracts, the new application threshold is 400 000 EUR.
In addition to the above, all contracting authorities are now under obligation to set out internal rules for tendering procedures in case (i) the estimated yearly total value of their supply and service contracts and design contests exceeds 80 000 EUR or (ii) the total yearly estimated value of their public works contracts exceeds 500 000 EUR.