Updated 17 March 2014

Updated training dates and Progress section.
17 March 2014 11:39am
Updated dates for public sector training sessions.
11 March 2014 11:28am
Updated public sector training dates.
5 March 2014 2:24pm
Updated Dates for public sector training sessions document.
28 February 2014 10:08am
Added training date for voluntary sector procurement.
25 February 2014 11:04am
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21 February 2014 9:43am
Updated list of training sessions for the public sector.
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The 2014 EU Procurement Directives were approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday 15 January 2014, and by the EU Council on 11 February 2014. These directives will be published in the Official Journal of the EU on 28 March 2014 and come into force on 17 April 2014. EU member states will then have 2 years to implement them in national legislation.

The government is aiming to transpose (implement) these directives quickly so that the UK can benefit as soon as possible from the improved flexibilities they offer. Here we will keep you up to date on progress in Brussels, UK transposition of the directives and where to access free training.

Progress in Brussels (March 2014)

The European Parliament voted to approve the 2014 Directives on 15 January 2014. The directives will be published shortly in the Official Journal. The directives also affect concessions (partnerships between the public sector and mostly private companies that maintain infrastructure or provide important services) and utilities (water, energy, transport and postal services).

Implementing the directives

Where the directives allow member states a choice on whether or how to implement a particular provision, Cabinet Office have issued discussion papers and will consider responses. For more information please see Procurement Policy Note 05/13. We will launch a formal consultation on the draft implementing regulations in due course.

Training

Cabinet Office is organising a series of training sessions for public sector organisations. Dates for free face-to-face training are available on this page along with details of how to register. E-learning resources and handbooks will also be available here later in 2014.

Book a training session

Please complete the respective application form for your chosen date and send this to EURegistration@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk with the venue name and date in the subject line.

Public sector training

Public sector: application form for EU Directives training

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Voluntary sector training

2 training sessions are being organised specifically for contracting authorities in the voluntary sector. The first date is now available for registration:

  • 16 July 2014 at Bircham Dyson Bell, 50 The Broadway, London, SW1H 0BL

Voluntary sector: application form for EU Directives training

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Utilities

Training sessions for contracting entities under the Utilities Directive will take place on:

  • 22 July 2014
  • 25 July 2014

All sessions take place at Severn Trent Water Limited, Severn Trent Centre, 2 St Johns Street, Coventry, CV1 2LZ

Utilities: application form for EU Directives training

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Northern Ireland public sector

Training sessions have been organised for contracting authorities in Northern Ireland

  • 11 June 2014
  • 12 June 2014

All sessions take place at McAuley House, 2-14 Castle Street, Belfast, BT1 1SA.

Public sector: application form for EU Directives training

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Wales public sector

Value Wales will coordinate training sessions for Wales professionals and further information will be available shortly.

About the training

Please note that places on these sessions will be limited and we would generally expect only 1 delegate per organisation: that delegate can then use the materials to brief their colleagues. If you need more than 1 place please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Because places are limited, if you fail to attend a booked course, we may not be able to offer an alternative date.

Delegates need to make own arrangements for lunch and refreshments as these are not provided: please check with the venue for available facilities.

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