CMS Public Procurement Forum 2016

20 Apr London, United Kingdom 09:30AM - 12:30PM

Description

In this half-day conference our CMS procurement specialists from our offices across the EU will consider the impact of the new rules on companies bidding for contracts in the public and utilities sectors. We will cover the state of implementation across the EU and the key changes and aspects of the reforms and run a series of breakout session on their likely impact in key sectors: infrastructure and construction projects; ICT and outsourcing; lifesciences; and utilities.

Conference Programme

09:00 - Registration

Tea / coffee

Bernt Elsner

CMS Vienna

09.30 – Welcome

09.40 - Overview of key changes to the rules

Graeme Young

CMS London

  • European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) – first step to reducing the administrative burden?
  • Electronic tendering processes (mandatory from October 2018)
  • Reducing corruption: bidder shortlisting rules and exclusion grounds
  • Treatment of non-EU/EEA bidders
  • Tender procedures: future use of competitive dialogue, competitive negotiated procedures and innovation partnerships
  • Contract award criteria: Use of ‘MEAT’ and use of life-cycle costing

10.15 - Status of implementation across the EU

John Markham

CMS London

Robert Keisler

CMS Vienna

  • How many Member States have implemented the new Directives?
  • How consistently have they been implemented?

10.40 – European Commission policy and enforcement

Virginie Dor

CMS Brussels and Member of European Commission’s Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement

  • Feedback about the recent initiatives of the European Commission:
  • Focus on the best price/quality ratio;
  • Initiatives to fight against corruption and to enhance the transparency when awarding public procurement;
  • Other initiatives considered by the European Commission?

11.00 – 11.20

Tea / coffee followed by sector focussed breakout sessions

Infrastructure and construction projects (11.30 – 12.30)

Breakout session considering approaches across the EU/EEA to the tendering of major public sector infrastructure and construction projects, common issues faced by bidders and the likely impact of the new rules.  With references to experiences on a number of different projects, issues to be discussed will include:

  • Impact on procurement of PPPs
  • Inclusion of ‘local’ requirements
  • Treatment of bidding consortia and sub-contracting

ICT and outsourcing (11.30 – 12.30)

Breakout session considering approaches across the EU/EEA to tendering major ICT and services outsourcings, common issues faced by bidders and the likely impact of the new rules.  With references to experiences on a number of different projects, issues to be discussed will include:

  • Use of ICT standards and promotion of the Digital Single Market
  • Incorporating innovation and sustainability
  • Future-proofing contracts: “clear, precise and unequivocal” review clauses

Lifesciences (11.30 – 12.30)

Breakout session considering approaches to lifesciences procurement across the EU/EEA, common issues faced by bidders and the likely impact of the new rules.  With reference to experiences on a number of different projects, issues to be discussed will include:

  • Pre-commercial procurement and participation in R&D projects
  • Rules on pre-tender engagement
  • Use of framework agreements

Energy & Utilities (the energy, water, transport and postal sectors) (11.30 – 12.30)

Breakout session considering approaches to procurement in the regulated energy and utilities sectors, including water, transport and postal services, common issues faced by bidders and the likely impact of the new rules.  With references to experiences on a number of different projects, issues to be discussed will include:

  • Impact on energy infrastructure projects (PCIs)
  • Tendering of concession contracts water and transport sectors
  • Concept of ‘special or exclusive rights’ and exclusions from the new Utilities Directive

12:30 - Close and lunch (Buffet)

 

If you have any queries on registration for this breakfast briefing, please contact Andrea Hegarty on 020 7367 3492.

If you have any queries on the content of this breakfast briefing then please contact Graeme Young on 020 7367 2906.

Speakers

Location

  • CMS London
  • Cannon Place
  • 78 Cannon Street
  • EC4A 6AF London