New OJEU thresholds for the New Year

The European Commission has published new thresholds for the application of the for the Public Contract, Concessions and Utilities Directives 2014.

The thresholds are revalued, in Euros, every two years. For those member states which have not adopted the Euro, the Commission applies a conversion formula to the revised Euros figure to arrive at a figure expressed in terms of the national currency.

The new values are relevant to all public procurement exercises which commence from today, 1 January 2018, and will apply for a two year period.

Public buyers should note, overall, the thresholds are slightly, but not significantly, higher than at present.

Thresholds for contracts regulated by the Public Contracts Directive 2014/24/EU

Type of contract

Threshold from 1 Jan 2018 

 Supply and services contracts (central government)

 £118,133 (€144,00)

 Supply and services contracts (non-central government)

 £181,302 (€221,000)

 Works and subsidised works contracts

£4,551,413 (€5,548,000)

 Social and other services contracts falling within the “Light Touch Regime”

 £615,278 (€750,000)


Thresholds for contracts regulated by the Utilities Directive 2014/25/EU

 Type of contract

Threshold from 1 Jan 2018

Supply and services contracts and design contracts

 £363,424 (€443,000)

 Works contracts

£4,551,413 (€5,548,000)

 Social and other services contracts falling within the “Light Touch Regime”

 £820,370 (€1,000,000)


Thresholds for contracts regulated by the Concessions Directive 2014/23/EU

 Type of contract    

Threshold from 1 Jan 2018

Concession contract – All sectors                                                                  

 £4,551,413 (€5,548.000)