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Contractors call for EU procurement rules to be wiped away

11 Oct 16 Civil engineering contractors want the UK’s exit from the European Union to herald an entirely new approach to public sector procurement.

CECA wants rid of EU procurement rules for infrastructure projects
CECA wants rid of EU procurement rules for infrastructure projects

For the last year the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has been researching how infrastructure work in the UK is procured, exploring what it considers to be unnecessary cost and waste for contractors. It is expected to publish the outcome of this research next month.

However, as the government makes plans for its autumn statement next month, CECA is calling for immediate action to look at the impact that Brexit could have on procurement.

CECA head of external affairs Marie-Claude Hemming said: “Civil engineering contractors are primed to deliver a substantial project workload over the coming years. Yet their ability to deliver these projects in the most efficient way is increasingly being stymied by burdensome procurement processes on projects large and small. Our research suggests that this burden is caused, in part, by the rules that are enforced as a result of EU procurement regulations.

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“While some of the EU processes are sensible, and ensure a competitive market for customers, the decision to leave the EU potentially opens the opportunity to look again at the bits that are not working as well.

“Clearly the UK’s departure from the EU will take time to achieve, and industry will still be bound by UK and global regulations. However, there is no reason why we could not start to look now at what the future of procurement might look like outside the EU.

“We hope that the government will take this opportunity to work with industry to review the current approaches to procurement, to see where there may be options to improve.”

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