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30.05.2008  |  Arhīvā

Public Procurement in European Union is mainly regulated by principles of the Treaty Establishing European Communities (further – Treaty) and Public Procurement Directives. The most important of them are so called “classical sector” Directives – Directive 2004/18/EC for procurement procedures and Directive 89/665/EEC for reviewing the decisions of contracting authorities.

Though Directive 2004/18/EC – with some exceptions - should not be applied directly but have to be transposed into national legal regime, it still remain very important when applying the norms of national procurement provisions – laws, regulations e.t.c., for several reasons.
Firstly, it is the obligation for contracting authorities to interpret the provisions of national Procurement law in line with the wording and spirit of the Directive 2004/18/EC.

Secondly, Directive as such reflects the aims of the European Community legislator in field of public contracts, thus serving as an informative tool when discussions or argues on scope of some national provision arise.

Last, but not least, though according to Treaty Member State should transpose the aims of Directive, in practice it means that huge part of provisions of Directive must be transposed grammatically, which raises the question of correct application of national provisions if the Directive has not been transposed correctly.
The European Court of Justice also plays very important role in the field of European Public Procurement by clarifying the content and making decisions over the breaches of the Directives. Since the national contracting authorities must follow the decisions of the European Court of Justice, these rulings are in practice considered as de facto law and thus as well important as the provisions of the Directives.
In order to obtain comprehensive information on content and application of European Public Procurement Law, to get introduced with important rulings of European Court of Justice in field of Public Contracts and to obtain advice in drafting Procurement documentation, Sophia Conferences is pleased to invite you to participate in interactive one day seminar “EU Public Procurement Law”.
Seminar will focus on following questions:

  • Concept of Contracting Authority – which organizations are subjects of Directive 2004/18/EC and why;
  • Thresholds of Directive 2004/18/EC and obligations of contracting authorities in awarding contracts below thresholds;
  • Procurement procedures – open, restricted and negotiated procedure, competitive dialogue;
  • Preparing the documents for Procurement procedure – requirements regarding qualification of tenderers, technical specifications, evaluating criteria and their possible extent;
  • Technical dialogue and possible conflict of interests;
  • Rules regarding subcontracting;
  • Review proceedings and last amendments in Directive 89/665/EEC;
  • Important rulings of European Court of Justice.


Target Group 


The seminar should be in particular interest of officials, experts and procurement practitioners from ministries, agencies, other state institutions, regional governments and municipalities, as well as entrepreneurs who are interested in public procurement matters. 

When and where                      


30 May 2008
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
1 Bulgaria Boulevard, Sofia


The seminar will be led by Eriks Mezalis, partner of the Public and Private Law Consulting Law Office. Eriks is one of the Latvian leading specialists in the field of Public Procurement and Public Private Partnerships. He has obtained great experience in consulting both public and private sector clients in different practical Public Procurement issues. Eriks has participated in process of transposing the Directive 2004/18/EC into Latvian Public Procurement Law. He is also a leader of many well attended Public Procurement seminars and courses and has written and co – written a number of publications on different Public Procurement and Public Private Partnership matters.



The seminar will be conducted in English.

Fee and Payment
The participation fee is € 140 and includes documentation, 1 lunch, 2 coffee brakes and refreshments.
Prior payment is a condition for participation. Please indicate the method of payment on the registration form. For cancellations received after the closing date (15 May) we will have to charge an administration fee of € 50 unless a replacement participant is found. 

Kindly complete the registration form before the closing date – 15 May - and send it to Ms Inese Uskure, Project Manager, SOPHIA CONFERENCES, Latvia. Tel.: +371 2672 2396; fax: +371 6733 4184; e-mail:

After receipt of the completed registration form the confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants.