You need MEAT

You need MEAT

Posted by Pete Loughlin in EU Commission, Procurement Best Practices, Procurement Process, Public Sector Procurement 28 Jan 2014

MEAT or the Most Economically Advantageous Tender has always been one of the assessment criteria upon which contracts could be awarded under EU procurement law. But no longer – soon it will be the only option. A slightly refined version of old MEAT, new MEAT will encourage evaluation of the bids offering the best price-quality ratio.

This change is described by Jennifer Robinson as just one of many changes to EU procurement law that collectively represent a complete overhaul, the biggest change in public procurement law in 10 years.

Amongst the other changes are some special provisions for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who will no longer be required to complete lengthy and complex pre-qualification questionnaires to be replaced by a less onerous self declaration.

The new rules will come into law in the next few months and member states will have 24 month to fully comply.

A great analysis from Jennifer – well worth a read

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