General Overview

Public Procurement / PPP

Dear colleagues

On behalf of EIPA's European PPP Forum I would like to send my thanks for your support again in 2014 and our good wishes for a productive 2015.

Two developments likely to be important in the coming year are:

2015 should see further progress in the EU 2020 Project Bond Initiative

Beyond this initiative, the main challenge is for a detailed working model/strategy/set of rules at MS level (which can be adopted and adapted by MS/public bodies) to access capital market funding addressing issues such as priorities for sources of funding, type of target projects, contract conditions, procurement model, means of assuring public sector VFM etc.

It must be specific and propose solutions, not merely restate barriers, because the identified ambitious high levels of need for EU-wide transport, energy, digital infrastructure will not happen without a plan and a model which can be funded.

2015 should also see further progress in the transposition of Directive 2014/23/EU (the new Concessions Directive)

The main challenge will be for MS to address the procedural uncertainties which the Directive has left open, such as the practical implementation of addressing conflicts of interest, detail to be disclosed of the subject matter and minimum requirements, selection criteria, award criteria, conduct of negotiations, debriefing to losing bidders re conduct of the procedure including the negotiations etc.

EIPA's European PPP Forum will continue to comment in 2015 via Twitter on @eipappp and of course organize seminar activity to discuss the issues arising.

Two events are currently planned:

“Competitive Dialogue and Negotiated Procedures Master Class”, Maastricht, 1-2 October 2015

“PPP Contract Management”, Maastricht, 12-13 October 2015

Detailed programmes will be announced in early 2015.

Hope that you can join us at one of our events and join the PPP debate in 2015.

Best regards

Michael Burnett , Director, EIPA European PPP Forum