Legal News

The ethical public market: the failure of socially responsible public purchasing

Le marché public éthique : l’échec de l’achat public socialement responsable Le marché public éthique : l’échec de l’achat public socialement responsable

Combining ethics and the public market surprises as the terms are so distant. Initially, ethics and the public market represented exclusively the purchase devoid of any criminal reprehensible influence. This conception has evolved to penetrate the sphere of defining the needs of buyers. So, ethics in the public market has become the rule requiring buyers to seek the most economically advantageous offer. It is no longer enough to acquire the least, the law requires make the best choice.

Read more

Acceptance of the work entails receipt of all project management services

La réception de l’ouvrage emporte la réception de l’ensemble des prestations de maîtrise d’œuvre La réception de l’ouvrage emporte la réception de l’ensemble des prestations de maîtrise d’œuvre

CE December 2, 2019, Sociétés Guervilly, Puig Pujol Archtiecture, req.n ° 423544

In this case, the Council of State recalls on the one hand that the reception puts an end to the contractual relations between the project owner and the project manager as regards the services inseparable from the realization of the work in number of which include design missions; on the other hand, that the absence of notification of the general statement allows the owner to call in guarantee the main contractor for the assumption of additional works.

Read more

Methods of apportioning and contesting penalties by members of a joint group

Modalités de répartition et de contestation des pénalités par les membres d’un groupement conjoint Modalités de répartition et de contestation des pénalités par les membres d’un groupement conjoint

CE December 2, 2019, Sté Giraud-Serin, req.n ° 422615

In this case, the Council of State ruled for the first time on the procedures for contesting late payment penalties by the members of a joint group and the jurisdiction of the administrative judge to settle this type of dispute.

Read more

The subcontractor has the right to reassess the amount of the special act!

Le sous-traitant a le droit à la réévaluation du montant de l’acte spécial ! Le sous-traitant a le droit à la réévaluation du montant de l’acte spécial !

CE December 2, 2019, Department of the North, req.n ° 422307

In this case, the Council of State rules for the first time on the right of the subcontractor to obtain the reassessment of the amount of its special act as soon as it performs additional services that the owner cannot ignore.

Read more

Tacitly renewable market: what rights to compensation?

Marché tacitement reconductible : quels droits à indemnisation ? Marché tacitement reconductible : quels droits à indemnisation ?

CE December 2, 2019, North West Touraine Health Cooperation Group, req.n ° 423936

In this case, the Council of State provides useful details on the extent of the right to compensation of an ousted candidate when the market is tacitly renewable. This case is an opportunity to recall the compensation rules for fixed-term contracts and for contracts with automatic renewal.

Read more

Subcontractor: from when a request for direct payment to the client is no longer admissible?

Sous-traitant: à partir de quand une demande de paiement direct auprès du maître de l’ouvrage n’est plus recevable ? Sous-traitant: à partir de quand une demande de paiement direct auprès du maître de l’ouvrage n’est plus recevable ?

CE December 2, 2019, Sté FIDES, req.n ° 425204

In this case, the Council of State provides useful procedural details on the stage from which the subcontractor loses its right to direct payment for the services provided to the contracting authority. To benefit from the right to direct payment by the contracting authority for the services which it has carried out within the framework of the performance of the contract, the approved subcontractor must submit its request for direct payment to the contracting authority before notification of the contract statement to the holder.

Read more

On the responsibility of public accountants in matters of public procurement control

Sur la responsabilité des comptables publics en matière de contrôle des marchés publics Sur la responsabilité des comptables publics en matière de contrôle des marchés publics

CE December 6, 2019, Minister of Action and Public Accounts, req.n ° 425542

In this case, the Council of State recalls the basis of the responsibility of public accountants in matters of control of public contracts and the procedures for assessing the existence of any financial loss linked to control failures

Read more

New Juridical Precisions on the Definition of an Irregular Offer

Nouvelles précisions jurisprudentielles sur la définition d’une offre irrégulière Nouvelles précisions jurisprudentielles sur la définition d’une offre irrégulière

CE 4 October 2019, SMIDDEV, req. No. 421022

The Council of State clarifies the scope of the incomplete nature of an offer by considering that an offer of a candidate who does not include a prefectural approval necessary for the performance of the services of the market but not required by the regulation the consultation does not allow to declare the offer irregular.

Read more

The impossibility of the contracting party to request the nullity of his own contract!

Sur l’impossibilité du cocontractant de demander la nullité de son propre contrat ! Sur l’impossibilité du cocontractant de demander la nullité de son propre contrat !

CE 4 October 2019, Joint Union for Sustainable Development of East Var for the treatment and recovery of household waste, req. No. 419312.

 In that case, the Conseil d'État recalls that the fairness of the contractual relations precludes a co-contracting party from availing itself of the irregularities that it may have committed to claim the nullity of its own contract and to release itself from its contractual obligations.

Teaching n ° 1: No one can invoke his own turpitude to question his contract

In its judgment of 28 December 2009, Beziers I ", The Council of State has already had the opportunity to recall in his famous decision" Beziers I " than " the irregularities on which the parties rely are those which, having regard to the requirement of fair contractual relations, may be invoked before it (CE Ass 28 December 2009, application No. 304802)

Read more

Offer variant in adapted procedure: to read well its regulation of the consultation!

Offre variante en procédure adaptée : bien lire son règlement de la consultation ! Offre variante en procédure adaptée : bien lire son règlement de la consultation !

CE 20 September 2019, BGC company, n ° 421317

The Council of State reminds that in the context of an adapted procedure, in the absence of clarification of the regulation of the consultation, the tenderers can freely propose one or several variants instead of the basic offer except if the regulation of the consultation imposes the presentation of a basic offer.

The modalities of presentation of a variant offer in adapted procedure: possible in the silence of the regulation of the consultation

In the case of public contracts awarded under an adapted procedure, candidates may propose variants in the absence of clarification of the rules of the consultation.

Read more