Public Procurement - Putting the Accelerated Restricted Procedure into Practice

    February 2009

    Recently, the European Commission has acknowledged the importance of speeding up procurement procedures and has agreed to imply a presumption of urgency for all major public projects throughout 2009 and 2010.

    Some press releases have referred to the 'new accelerated restricted procedure', in actual fact the law itself has not changed, the Commission has simply sought to facilitate the use of the accelerated restricted procedure in the hope of supporting Member States given the current economic climate.

    EU public procurement rules allow contracting authorities to apply relaxed timescales to projects governed by the restricted procedure. Time scales can be reduced from the traditional 87 days (or 80 days if electronic means of communication are used), down to a minimum 30 days where the reduction can be justified on the grounds of urgency.