Public procurement law is a progressively important field of European regulation. A series of EU Directives and Maltese implementing regulations, backed up by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union itself, regulate the way in which public authorities and utilities award valuable contracts for works, supplies and services. These rules have formed the subject of an increasingly large body of case law before the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as before the national courts so that knowledge of these pronouncements is essential for the delivery of proper legal advice.
The EU & Regulatory Law Department assists its clients on:
¤ The procedures and EU law requirements pertinent to the award of public contracts, developing and responding to tender documents, negotiating contracts, utilities and related entities as well as issues arising from European procurement law in the case of takeovers and restructurings;
¤ The general application of the procurement rules to particular projects including the in-house provider rules, contract extensions, exemptions, obligations to advertise, aggregation rules and the role of concession contracts;
¤ Handling procurement processes through the pre-qualification stage, selection, negotiation and award;
¤ Representing clients, whether as claimants or defendants in disputes arising from challenges under the procurement rules;
¤ Assistance in Private Finance Initiative, Private Public Partnership deals and other government projects;
¤ Advising on the interaction between procurement law and competition law, state aid and wider aspects of EU law.