Value Wales Short Course Training Programme
Working with the new EU procurement directive/ Public Contract Regulations 2015
9.30 – 4.00
Intended Audience and brief background
This course is aimed at those officers and managers who are already conversant with the current EU Directives in the form of Public Contract Regulations 2006 but who wish to gain an understanding of the changes in the new Directive 2014/24/EU .We will also refer to the new directive with regard to Concessions 2014/23/EU and the impact this may have on the Welsh Public sector and its suppliers. It is anticipated that the new directives will be come into force by the end of 2014 or shortly thereafter.
Objectives of the course
The objectives of the course is to raise the awareness of the main changes in the new directive to enable delegates to prepare themselves and their organisations for its implementation in good time
We will be taking a proactive approach to the new directives, to determine how the Welsh Public sector can take advantage of the new rules and use them to improve value for money and deliver policies such as community benefits more effectively.
• Warning: Please note that the existing public procurement regulations (the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5, as amended)) remain in force until the new regulations are fully transposed in to UK law.
Training will be a mixture of prepared information on PowerPoint, discussion and exercises aimed to raise awareness and to help the delegate to prepare for the implementation of the requirements of new directive into their own organisation.
The course will be run in conjunction with Blake Morgan (formerly Morgan Cole) solicitors based in Cardiff. This will help provide a clear legal view of the new directive together with a practitioner’s viewpoint of its application.
A working folder will be provided which will contain the slides and any other reference material.
Topics covered will include reference to;
The Welsh Government’s position with regard to the new directive
A brief overview of what remains the same as before
Details of the major changes including;
· Changes to procedures e.g. New Innovative partnerships
· Revision of notices and documents
· Changes to time limits /requirements
· Selection and issue of tenders
· Award criteria
· Contract matters
· Low tenders
· Additional flexibility for sub central authorities e.g. local government
· Position of Mutuals, Social Enterprises and Sheltered Workshops
· The light touch regime (elimination of part A and B services
· Mandatory/Discretionary exclusions
· Improved access to contracts for suppliers particularly SMEs
· Impact on community benefits
· Use of E procurement
· Frameworks/ dynamic purchasing systems
The programme will be flexible and delegates will be able to raise other matters for discussion and provision of additional advice where available.
Pre Course Preparation
Delegates should come prepared to discuss their approach to dealing with the new directive and any matters of concern they may have in dealing with the new regulations.
Although it is not necessary before the course, delegates should ensure that they read and understand the new directives and the subsequent public contract regulations together with any guidance issued by government, as it will not be possible to discuss every line in the directive.