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Public Procurement

Czech Republic

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 some 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 the Czech Republic and across CMS, our specialists have longstanding sector-expertise across core industries including infrastructure, lifesciences/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
02/07/2018
E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment CEE 2018
15/12/2017
Po­ten­tial of Green Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment for ten­der­ers
The selling po­ten­tial of the “green” stick­er is huge. Es­pe­cially if it ap­pears in a press re­lease of a re­spec­ted state au­thor­ity in con­nec­tion with suc­cess­ful pub­lic pro­cure­ment. In the last few years this com­bin­a­tion has be­come more com­mon be­cause of “green.
25 June 2018
CEE Green­field Guide
Third edi­tion
27/11/2017
The Be­ne­fits of Joint Cross Bor­der Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment
Since the European Com­mis­sion’ feas­ib­il­ity study on Joint Cross-Bor­der Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment (“JCBPP”) was re­leased in March 2017 there has been in­creas­ing mo­mentum for con­tract­ing au­thor­it­ies (“CA”) to or­gan­ise JCBPPs.
Iain Batty
08/05/2018
Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2018
30/10/2017
ECJ Rules on when a com­pany owned by a con­tract­ing au­thor­ity is gov­erned...
IN­TRO­DUC­TION A re­cent rul­ing of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has con­firmed that a wholly owned sub­si­di­ary of a con­tract­ing au­thor­ity can it­self be re­garded as a ‘body gov­erned by pub­lic law’ and there­fore sub­ject to the pro­cure­ment rules, even where.
1 September 2017
CEE Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box for Rem­ed­ies
27/10/2017
CEE: Com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies crack down on bid rig­ging
Com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies in Cent­ral and East­ern Europe are in­creas­ingly turn­ing their fo­cus to in­fringe­ments of pub­lic pro­cure­ment pro­ced­ures, par­tic­u­larly bid rig­ging. Bid rig­ging typ­ic­ally oc­curs when bid­ders il­leg­ally col­lude by tak­ing turns be­ing the des­ig­nated.
19/06/2017
Guide to the EU pub­lic pro­cure­ment rules
04/10/2017
Ap­plic­able threshold for the ob­lig­a­tion to con­sider the di­vi­sion of...
Art­icle 58 of the Law of 17 June 2016 on pub­lic pro­cure­ment re­quires all con­tract­ing au­thor­it­ies to con­sider the di­vi­sion of con­tracts in­to lots and, where the con­tract­ing au­thor­ity de­cides that it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate to di­vide the con­tract in­to lots,.
27/09/2017
Con­tract modi­fic­a­tion un­der Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Dir­ect­ive 2014/24/EU
Dir­ect­ive 2014/24/EU on pub­lic pro­cure­ment (the “Dir­ect­ive”) cla­ri­fies cases where pub­lic con­tracts can be mod­i­fied without the need for a new pro­cure­ment pro­ced­ure. The reg­u­la­tion is an ex­ample of the in­flu­ence that the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on.
13/09/2017
The ap­plic­a­tion of EU mer­ger con­trol cla­ri­fied: no EC no­ti­fic­a­tion...
In the first ever pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing on the EU mer­ger con­trol re­gime, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on ("CJEU") brought much needed clar­ity on wheth­er the shift from sole con­trol to joint con­trol in an ex­ist­ing un­der­tak­ing is covered by the EU Mer­ger.