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Thresholds

Thresholds

EU law sets minimum harmonised rules for tenders whose monetary value exceeds a certain amount and which are presumed to be of cross-border interest. The European rules ensure that the award of contracts of higher value for the provision of public goods and services must be fair, equitable, transparent and non-discriminatory. For tenders of lower value however, national rules apply, which nevertheless have to respect general principles of EU law.

Current thresholds

Thresholds for Defence Directive 2009/81/EC

Directive 2009/81/EC on the coordination of procedures for the award of certain works contracts, supply contracts and service contracts by contracting authorities or entities in the fields of defence and security.

  • Works contracts: EUR 5,225,000
  • All supplies and services contracts: EUR 418,000

Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2340 of 15 December 2015 amending Directive 2009/81/EC in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts 2015/2340

Thresholds according to type of procurement under the 2014 directives on concessions, general procurement and utilities

Concessions Directive 2014/23/EU

Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts.

  • All works or services concessions: EUR 5,225,000

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2172 of 24 November 2015 amending Directive 2014/23/EU in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

Classical Directive 2014/24/EU

Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement:

Central Government authorities

Works contracts, subsidised works contracts

EUR 5,225,000

All services concerning social and other specific services listed in Annex XIV

EUR 750,000

All subsidised services

EUR 209,000

All other service contracts and all design contests

EUR 135,000

All supplies contracts awarded by contracting authorities not operating in the field of defence

EUR 135,000

Supplies contracts awarded by contracting authorities operating in the field of defence

Concerning products listed in Annex III

EUR 135,000

Concerning other products

EUR 209,000

Sub-central contracting authorities

Works contracts, subsidised works contracts

EUR 5,225,000

All services concerning social and other specific services listed in Annex XIV

EUR 750,000

All other service contracts, all design contests, subsidised service contracts, all supplies contracts

EUR 209,000

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2170 of 24 November 2015 amending Directive 2014/24/EU in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

Utilities (Sectors) Directive 2014/25/EU

Directive 2014/25/EU on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors:

  • Works contracts: EUR 5,225,000
  • All services concerning social and other specific services listed in Annex XVII: EUR 1,000,000
  • All other service contracts, all design contests, all supplies contracts: EUR 418,000

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2171 of 24 November 2015 amending Directive 2014/25/EU in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

Thresholds in other currencies than euro: Communication 2015/C 392/1.

Which thresholds apply to which type of contract

Threshold / applicable to Directive

EUR 135,000

EUR 209,000

EUR 418,000

EUR 750,000

EUR 1,000,000

EUR 5,225,000

2009/81/EC Defence

2014/24/EU General Procurement

2014/25/EU Utilities

 

 

 

 

 

All works contracts, all subsidised works contracts

2014/23/EU Concessions

 

 

 

 

 

All works or services concessions

2014/25/EU

 

 

 

 

Services listed in Annex XVII

 

2014/24/EU

 

 

 

Services listed in Annex XIV

 

 

2009/81/EC

 

 

All supplies contracts, all service contracts, all design contests

 

 

 

2014/25/EU

 

 

All supplies contracts, all service contracts (except for services listed in Annex XVII), all design contests

 

 

 

2014/24/EU

All service contracts other than those listed in Annex XIV and awarded by central government authorities (cga), all design contests organised by cga; all supplies contracts awarded by cga not operating in the field of defence; supplies contracts concerning products listed in Annex III awarded by contracting authorities operating in the field of defence

All subsidised services, all supplies contracts and all design contests awarded by sub-centrals contracting authorities (sc); all services other than those listed in Annex XIV awarded by sc; supplies contracts for products not listed in Annex III awarded by contracting authorities in the defence field

 

 

 

 

Thresholds in other currencies than euro: Communication 2015/C 392/1.

Thresholds for Utilities (Sectors) Directive 2004/17/EC

Directive 2004/17/EC coordinating the procurement of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors.

  • Works contracts: EUR 5,225,000
  • All supplies and services contracts, all design contests: EUR 418,000

Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2341 of 15 December 2015 amending Directive 2004/17/EC of the of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

Thresholds for the Classical Directive 2004/18/EC

Directive 2004/18/EC on contracts for public works, public supply and public service:

Central Government authorities

Works contracts, works concessions contracts, subsidised works contracts

EUR 5,225,000

All contracts concerning services listed in Annex II B, certain telecommunications services and R&D services; all design contests concerning these services and all subsidised services

EUR 209,000

All contracts and design contests concerning services listed in Annex II A except contracts and design contests concerning certain telecommunications services and R&D services

EUR 135,000

All supplies contracts awarded by contracting authorities not operating in the field of defence

EUR 135,000

Supplies contracts awarded by contracting authorities operating in the field of defence

Concerning products listed in Annex V

EUR 135,000

Concerning other products

EUR 209,000

Sub-central contracting authorities

Works contracts, works concessions contracts, subsidised works contracts

EUR 5,225,000

All service contracts, all design contests, subsidised service contracts, all supplies contracts

EUR 209,000

Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2342 of 15 December 2015 amending Directive 2004/18/EC in respect of the application thresholds for the procedures for the award of contracts

Thresholds in currencies other than euro: Communication 2015/C 418/1

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