Revised procurement thresholds from 1 January

For those institutions that are “contracting authorities” for procurement purposes, the European Commission has recently published revised thresholds that will apply from 1 January 2020.  EU thresholds will continue to apply until at least 31 December 2020 under the draft EU Withdrawal Agreement which Boris Johnson's Government intends to implement following last week's election. 

The EU public procurement regimes apply to contracts with a value, exclusive of VAT, equal to or above the relevant threshold.

Public Contracts Regulations 2015





Central government authorities

EUR 139,000 £122,976

EUR 139,000 £122,976

EUR 5,350,000 £4,733,252

Other public sector contracting authorities

EUR 214,000


EUR 214,000


EUR 5,350,000


The threshold value of social and other specific services listed at Schedule 3 to the PCR 2015 (the “Light Touch Regime”) will be £663,540.

Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016

Type of contract


Supply and service contracts

EUR 428,000 (£378,660)

Works contracts

EUR 5,350,000 (£4,733,252)

The threshold value of social and other specific services listed at Schedule 2 to the UCR 2016 (the “Light Touch Regime”) will be £884,720.

Concession Contracts Regulations 2016

Type of contract


Concession contracts

EUR 5,350,000 (£4,733,252)

A wide range of further information and resources for procurement matters is available on Mills & Reeve’s Procurement Portal.


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