Purpose of the concordat
The concordat document sets out the mechanisms between the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive for the handling of EU, international and policy issues on public procurement.
Specifically it covers:
- provision of information
- formulation of UK policy
- attendance at EU and international (eg WTO) meetings
- implementation of EU and international obligations
- infraction proceedings
Who should read the concordat?
The document is intended to guide the actions of officials working on these matters in the Northern Ireland Executive (in particular the Department of Finance) and the UK Government (in particular the joint HM Treasury and DTI Procurement Policy Unit (PP) of the Office of Government Commerce).