The Office of Government Procurement has published two new information notes as part of Strand 5 of the National Public Procurement Framework. A summary of these notes is included below. It should be noted that these documents will be subject to amendment and review periodically and the most up to date version will be published on this website. They are not intended as legal advice or a legal interpretation of Irish or EU law on public procurement. Legal or other professional advice should be obtained if there is any doubt about the correct procedure to be followed.

Concessions Directive

The Concessions Directive is a new procurement regime introduced in 2014. It provides for a distinct set of procurement rules in respect of large-scale complex contracts most often occurring in the infrastructural development sector. As such, it has limited applicability in an Irish context and the standard procurement regime for public contracts as set out in the Classic Directive will continue to apply as the default procurement regime.

The short introductory note on the Concessions Directive explains the context of the new Concessions regime. For anyone requiring further guidance on the use or form of Concessions contracts, an Information Note on the Application of the Concessions Directive is also provided.

Information Note on the Concessions Directive

Information Note Application of Concessions Contracts