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The purpose of the EU Directives is to encourage competitive tendering for public contracts throughout the European Union. Although the University is not legally subject to the regulations, the Council has directed that the good practice set out in the Directives should continue to be followed. Therefore EU procedures should be followed in order to maintain best purchasing practice and also to meet any funding body grant conditions. In exceptional circumstances only, authorisation not to follow the EU procedures may be granted in accordance with Financial Regulations 18.3.

A Consolidated Directive covers Supplies, Works, and Services respectively; of these, the Supplies and Services provisions are most likely to apply to Departmental purchases.

The information in this section is a brief summary of the EU Procurement Directives.

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