New law on public procurement contracts adopted

New law on public procurement contracts adopted

On 12 May 2016 the federal Parliament approved the new law on public procurement contracts. The government had submitted the bill to the Chamber on 4 January 2016 (also see our newsflash of 26 January 2016 on this).  

This law transposes two European directives on public procurement contracts - namely Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement in the classic sectors and Directive 2014/25/EU on public procurement in the special sectors - into Belgian law. The new European directives already entered into force on 18 April 2014 and in principle had to be incorporated into Belgian law by 18 April 2016 at the latest.

Precisely when the new legislation will enter into force has not yet been specified. For this we must await the new Royal Decrees on Awarding and Execution. Experience has shown that this can take a while: the current law on public procurement contracts of 15 June 2006 only entered into fully into force on 1 July 2013.

For more information on this topic, you can consult Carlo Cardone (author) and Kris Lemmens (Public Procurement and PPP unit head).