Will Civil Engineering and Construction SME’s benefit from the changes to the 2014 EuropeanProcurement Directives

Robert Eadie, Samuel Potts

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Abstract—Construction industry fragmentation into nearly a million Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) in the UK led to calls for the European procurement process to be moreinclusive. The innovation and skills of these organisations was not being correctly utilized in Government contracts. The introduction of the new procurement directives Europe widesought to solve this problem. However, the perspective of SME’s on issues such as self-declaration provisions, breaking contracts into lots, limits to the financial capacity required, andthe effect on procurement if more SMEs tendered had not been fully researched. This paper’s findings show an increase in SME involvement as predicted, and that the other elements ofthe new regulations are appreciated but that organisations have concerns over the capacity of government departments to administer contracts in lots.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-121
JournalInternational Journal of Civil and Structural Engineering
Volume3
Issue number2
Early online dateMar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016

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Keywords

  • EU Directives
  • Procurement
  • Construction

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