Public Procurement and Property

Public Procurement – Russian and Belarusian companies: SPPN 1/2022

April 4, 2022 by No Comments | Category Scottish Procurement, Scottish Procurement Policy Note

We have published a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note SPPN 1/2022, setting out procurement implications and options that public bodies may choose to take, beyond the UK sanctions regime, with a view to discouraging activity which may support the Russian government’s action.

Public bodies are encouraged to exclude companies established in Russia and Belarus from new contracts. If existing contracts with companies established in Russia or Belarus, or companies controlled by entities established in Russia or Belarus are identified, public bodies should consider terminating those contracts in line with the provisions of the contracts.

The Scottish Government is supportive of public bodies seeking to divest from Russia and Belarus and public bodies should consider how they can further cut ties with companies established in Russia and Belarus, while minimising the impact to taxpayers and the delivery of public services.

Public bodies are encouraged to review their contracts to identify any contracts with companies which are established in Russia and Belarus, as well as companies which may be established elsewhere, but which are controlled by an entity established in Russia or Belarus, such as a parent company or where the ‘Persons with Significant Control’ information states Russia or Belarus as the place of residence. This review should also include reviewing the place of establishment or control of any existing property landlords or parties to other property contracts.

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