New thresholds for the application of the EU procurement directives

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The European Commission alters the public procurement thresholds every two years. New thresholds for the application of the EU procurement directives for procedures commencing on or after 1 January 2018 have now been published.

EU Procurement Thresholds

The European public contracts directive (2014/24/EU) applies to public authorities including, amongst others, government departments, local authorities and NHS Authorities and Trusts.

The directives set out detailed procedures for the award of contracts whose value equals or exceeds specific thresholds. Details of the thresholds, applying from 1st January 2018 are given below. Thresholds are net of VAT.


Supply, Services1 and Design Contracts Works Contracts2 Social and other specific services3
Central Government4 £118,133
Other contracting authorities £181,302
Small Lots £65,630

1With the exception of the following services which have different thresholds or are exempt:
– Social and other specific services (subject to the light touch regime) Article 74.
– Subsidised services contracts specified under Article 13.
– Research and development services under Article 14 (specified CPV codes are exempt).

2With the exception of subsidised works contracts specified under Article 13.

3As per Article 74. Services are listed in Annex XIV.

4Schedule 1 of the Public Contracts Regulations lists the Central Government Bodies subject to the WTO GPA. These thresholds will also apply to any successor bodies.


The European utility contracts directive (2014/25/EU) applies to certain utility companies operating in the Energy, Water, and Transport sectors. With the exception of social and other specific services the following thresholds will apply to procurement carried out under the existing Utilities procurement directives from 1st January 2018.

Supply, Services and Design Contracts Works Contracts Social and other specific services
Utility authorities £363,424