What is a ‘standstill period’ in the context of procurement?

In general, for public procurements above the threshold commencing on or after 20 December 2009, a mandatory standstill period was included in the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/5) (as amended), which apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A corresponding provision is contained in the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/88) (as amended).

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Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the ‘Regulations’) come into force on 13 June 2014 and implement most of the obligations under the EU Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU). On the assumption that the student is correctly characterised as a ‘consumer’ in its relationship with an HEI – certainly the view that was taken by the OFT, and one that is shared by many commentators – it appears that the Regulations will require HEIs not only to identify and collate the various documents and other items that together represent the ‘student contract’, but also to identity exactly when the contract comes into force.

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Unsuccessful challenge to European Parliament tender procedure

The General Court considered a challenge to a tender exercise run by the European Parliament for Maltese translation services. The tenderer pursued an action against the European Parliament’s decision to reject the tender. The court found, amongst other things, that the principle of proportionality, and equal treatment had not been breached, and the action was dismissed.

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