Key areas of European Procurement Rules for the Third Sector:
The difference between Part A and Part B services. Most Invitations for Tender relevant to the VCS will be Part B services, which are exempt from some of the Procurement Rules. Public Bodies are still required to follow an open, transparent process with an appropriate level of competition for Part B services. This means that Part B services are often put out to tender in the same way as Part A services.
Financial Thresholds.The European Procurement Rules set out financial thresholds for procurement. Any Part A contract with a value above the threshold must be put out to tender using the full procurement rules. Local Authorities also have their own ‘Contract Standing Orders’ that set out their own financial thresholds for contracts to go out to tender. Search the Local Authority websites in your area to check out the financial thresholds set within their ‘Contract Standing Orders’.