In November 2015, the new Public Procurement Act (ZJN-3) was adopted by the National Assembly and published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia No. 91/2015. It entered into force on 1 April 2016.
With ZJN-3, the new EU public procurement Directive 2014/24/EU and Directive 2014/25/EU were transposed into the Slovenian legislative system, which was an important novelty of ZJN-3. Namely, ZJN-3 simultaneously and jointly introduced both directives into the Slovenian legal system. This significantly changed the previous legislative practice where the directives were implemented through separate laws, i.e. in Public Procurement Act (ZJN) and Public Procurement in Water Management, Energy, Transport and Postal Services Area Act (ZJNVETPS).
In comparison with the previous ZJN-2, ZJN-3 puts forward some key changes:
The thresholds for the scope of use of the ZJN-3 are defined in Article 21 of ZJN-3. ZJN-3 is to be used for public procurement procedures whose value, net of value-added tax (VAT), is equal to or greater than the following thresholds:
a) in classical sector:
b) in infrastructure sector:
According to paragraph 2 of Article 21 of the ZJN-3, in public procurement procedures below those values, the contracting authorities are obliged to follow the principles of value for money, efficiency, success, and transparency, and to keep records for these public procurement procedures, communicate them to the national procurement portal annually, and publish all public contracts of value above EUR 10,000 on their web page annually (so-called “notional contracts”). Public procurement procedures above those values have to be published on the national procurement portal. Thresholds for publications in the Official Journal of the EU together with the publication on the national procurement portal correspond to those set in the directives.
For more information about ZJN-3 see:
In the procurement procedure, the legal protection of providers, contracting authorities, and the public interest, including the legal protection of the defence and security interest, are provided by the Legal Protection in Public Procurement Procedures Act, which also defines the bodies responsible for the protection of the rights under this Act.