European public sector organisations are governed by several directives that require contracts, with values equal to or exceeding the thresholds below, to be published on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). These thresholds are NOT inclusive of VAT.

Details of current UK thresholds can be found on: UK Public Procurement Thresholds


Public Contracts

Contracts relating to public authorities, which includes government departments, local authorities, and healthcare authorities.  

Supply, services and design contracts Works contractsSocial and other specific services
Central Government€140,000 €5,382,000 €750,000
Other contracting authorities €215,000 €5,382,000€750,000 
Small lots €80,000 €1,000,000 n/a 

Utilities Contracts  

Contracts relating to certain utility companies operating in the energy, water, and transport sectors. 

Supply, services and design contracts Works contractsSocial and other specific services
Utility authorities €431,000 €5,382,000 €1,000,000

Defence and Security Public Contracts  

Contracts relating to entities operating in the fields of defence and security. 

Supply, services and design contracts Works contractsSocial and other specific services
Defence and Security authorities €431,000€5,382,000n/a 

Concession Contracts  

Concessions are contracts for pecuniary interest by means of which one or more contracting authorities, or contracting entities, entrusts the execution of works, or the provision and the management of services, to one or more economic operators.  

Concession Contracts
Authorities€5,382,000 



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