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Guidance: European Structural and Investment Funds procurement documents

Published 17 February 2017
Last updated 15 September 2020 + show all updates

  1. Version 7 – reflecting the changes made to procurement thresholds every 2 years, and addresses a number of common issues which have recently been identified in A125/A127 visits.

  2. ESIF National Procurement Requirements were updated to version 6 on 16 August 2019 to take account of updated breaches and associated penalties put into place by the European Commission.

  3. The ESIF National procurement requirements has been amended and changes made to Chapter 6, in particular the National Rules in version 5. Version 4 of the requirements issued in December 2016 included a new paragraph at section 25 about delegated grant schemes but this has caused some confusion and led to misinterpretation of the content. We have decided to remove this paragraph which means that when the national rules apply to a contract, the requirements in the table at section 23 need to be followed. The aim of this change is to reduce the risk of misinterpretation and to ensure simplification by applying the same requirements for everyone following the national rules. These changes are effective from the date of publish and is not retrospective.

  4. First published.