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Directive 2014/24/EU and the Implementation of e-Procurement in Portugal – Part II

Raquel Carvalho


Keywords: e-Procurement, Directive 2014/24/EU Implementation, Portugal

This Part II concludes the paper published in EPPPL 1-2019 regarding the implementation of e-procurement in Portugal. In Part I, the evolution regarding e-procurement provisions within Public Procurement Directives from 2004 to 2014 was addressed. Part II now addresses how both the Public Contracts Code and the specific legislation regarding electronic platforms have transposed the 2014 Public Procurement Directives into internal law, namely: (i) how the transposition of articles 29, 22, 40 and annexes of the 2014 Directives was made [not only the legal regime but also how some litigious questions were taken (and solved) to national administrative courts]; (ii) how the first intention of the Legislator to transpose the 2014 Directives went; and (iii) how they were actually effectively transposed. As already referred to in Part I, the transposition of the 2014 Directives in Portugal was made through a two-step procedure. Article 22 of the 2014/24/Directive was regulated by Law 96/2015, a very extensive and complex regulation regarding e-procurement, while the remaining provisions of the 2014 Directives were transposed in 2017 after a period of public discussion of a very different draft. The path that has been built since 2004 is, thus, consolidated.

Associate Professor – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, CEID – Centro de Estudos e Investigação em Direito, Faculdade de Direito – Escola do Porto, Rua Diogo Botelho, 1327, 4169-005, Porto, Portugal. For correspondence: <>.This paper is financially supported by national funds through FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, IP, within Project UID/DIR/04859/2013. It was partially presented at Reform of the public procurement law – III. Strategic procurement, Poland, in September 2014. Since, at the time, the Directive transposition had not yet occurred in Portugal, the present text has been updated with new data and the analysis of the legal provisions that have come into force since 2014.The Portuguese Public Contracts Code can be retrieved at <> (in Portuguese only).This is Part II of the ‘The Directive 2014/24/EU and the Implementation of e-Procurement in Portugal – Part I’ already published in EPPPL 1 (2019) (DOI: <>).


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