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Public Procurement


Contracting authorities and bidders in local, EU and international procurement procedures need to rely on legal advice informed by extensive experience on both sides of the process. Public procurement legislation has undergone significant changes in Central and Eastern Europe in recent years. Despite legislation moving closer towards harmonisation with the EU, many practical challenges remain. CMS has worked on scores of complex projects in the region over the last two decades and fields specialist public procurement lawyers across 15 full-service offices. Our lawyers offer a powerful combination of local expertise and insight coupled with international know-how and perspective on public procurement issues.  We can guide you through complex public tender issues, from the formation and building of bidding consortia, concession contracts and sophisticated PPP projects, through to compliance, investigations and procurement-related disputes and litigation.

In Bulgaria and across CMS, our specialists have longstanding sector-expertise across core industries including infrastructure, life sciences & healthcare, transport, and technology, media and communications. This approach means we can resolve your complex public tender issues, including formation and building of bidding consortia, protection of confidential information, anti-trust matters, evaluations, specific rules around framework agreements, concession contracts and complex PPP projects. Further, we can assist regarding feedback and debriefing and how to approach different regulated tender procedures. We also provide support before tribunals and courts across Europe or in front of the European Commission.

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Iain Batty
E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment CEE 2018
Bul­garia holds pub­lic con­sulta­tion on draft amend­ment to the Pub­lic...
Bul­garia has pub­lished a draft amend­ment and sup­ple­ment to the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Act (PPA), which re­late to the im­ple­ment­a­tion of an elec­tron­ic award sys­tem for pub­lic pro­cure­ment. The draft was re­leased for the pur­pose of pub­lic con­sulta­tions that began.
25 June 2018
CEE Green­field Guide
Third edi­tion
UK food and cos­met­ic pro­du­cers to the EU to face new reg­u­la­tions after...
As Brexit draws near­er and with the like­li­hood of an un­reg­u­lated exit still not off the table, EU-27 com­pan­ies im­port­ing or selling food or cos­met­ics from Great Bri­tain face li­ab­il­ity risks if they con­tin­ue to sell these goods after a No-Deal Brexit.
Iain Batty
Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2018
An­nounce­ment of fi­nal feas­ib­il­ity study for Balkan gas hub delayed
The date for the re­lease of the Bul­gartrans­gaz EAD sponsored feas­ib­il­ity study has been changed.   Ini­tially sched­uled for Feb­ru­ary 28, Bul­gartrans­gaz has now is­sued a "hold off" no­tice for its round table to re­lease the fi­nal res­ults of the Feas­ib­il­ity Study.
Win­ning to­geth­er
Bro­chure Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment
Bul­gari­a's meas­ures to pro­mote com­pressed and li­que­fied nat­ur­al gas
In its bid to trans­pose Dir­ect­ive 2014/94/ЕС on the De­ploy­ment of Al­tern­at­ive Fuels In­fra­struc­ture, the Bul­gari­an Coun­cil of Min­is­ters ad­op­ted a na­tion­al policy frame­work (first draf­ted on 26 Janu­ary 2017 and amended in May 2018) for de­vel­op­ing a mar­ket for.
1 September 2017
CEE Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box for Rem­ed­ies
Bul­garia to hold second in­ter­na­tion­al tender for the Belene nuc­le­ar...
After three con­struc­tion at­tempts over nearly 40 years, the Bul­gari­an gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to re­sume work on the Belene Nuc­le­ar Power Plant with the launch of a second in­ter­na­tion­al tender for in­vestors.
Draft Con­ces­sions Act in­tro­duced in­to Par­lia­ment
Fi­nal feas­ib­il­ity study for Balkan gas hub sched­uled for Feb­ru­ary...
On 28 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the fi­nal res­ults of the Feas­ib­il­ity Study for the Balkan Gas Hub will be presen­ted at a ‘round table’ event or­gan­ised by Bul­gartrans­gaz EAD in Sofia.   The fol­low­ing top­ics will be presen­ted at this event:    •  Fi­nal res­ults of the.