Reform of public procurement legislation

The Finnish public procurement legislation has undergone an extensive reform. The overall reform aims, among other things, to simplify procurement procedures. The new rules will contribute to a better implementation of employment, health and social aspects.

Other objectives of the modernisation are to make the bidding procedure easier for SMEs, to review the national thresholds and to create a supervision mechanism for public contracts. The group set up to prepare the reform published its report in the form of a draft government proposal on 13 May 2015.

The reform is based on the EU Directives on public procurement adopted in April 2014. The Directives modernise practically all current EU rules on public contracts.