CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment eGuide


CMS e-guide offers a comprehensive overview of EU Public Procurement Directives and 22 national public procurement regimes across Europe

Public procurement is big business: direct purchasing by governments and state-owned enterprises averages 12% of GDP across the OECD, with spending by state-owned utilities doubling the figure in some countries. The legal framework for public procurement plays a key role in ensuring quality and fairness in competitive tendering and in delivering value for money for governments and taxpayers.

New EU Public Procurement Directives came into force in April 2014 and some countries have already partly implemented new national procurement regimes, well ahead of the April 2016 deadline of implementation. While procurement rules are harmonizing across Europe, significant national differences remain.

In this new CMS e-guide we set out the key rules, thresholds and procedures for contracting authorities and suppliers. Our public procurement specialists cover the key questions around access to and the conduct of public procurement competitions, and highlight the key similarities and important differences between national regimes.

The new CMS e-guide answers key questions on the EU Procurement Directives and national procurement regimes in 22 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

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