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Commission publishes guidance on organising sound procurement procedures for EU-funded projects

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The European Commission has recently published comprehensive new guidance to help procurement practitioners avoid common errors in projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Projects funded by EU funds are frequently subject to audit by the Commission. Where an audit detects an irregularity involving non-compliance with the public procurement rules, this can lead to a Member State having to repay some – even all – of the funding, with the most serious breaches of procurement law (eg failure to publish a contract notice) giving rise to a “financial lcorrection” of 100% of the funding. Where an asset has already been constructed using the funds or the funds have otherwise already been spent, the impact of facing a claim for repayment can be devastating for a procuring entity.

The new guidance covers the procurement life-cycle from beginning to end, dealing with the preparation and planning stage through to publication of notices, selection and award stages and contract implementation. Along the way, areas where the risk of error is high are flagged best practice is reflected dand useful resources on specific ctopics also set out.

Although aimed primarily at bodies procuring EU-funded projects, the guidance is of general relevance and is a useful repository of information on the public procurement rules. The guidance can be found here.

For more information contact:

Aine Smith
ROI: +353 1 6644 289
UK: +44 289 091 8604

Peter Curran
+353 1 6644 990


This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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