Public authorities can call on contractors, service providers or suppliers to carry out works, provide services or supply products. For this purpose, the contracting authority must conclude an agreement. Before it can do so, however, the public authority in question must in principle award a contract in accordance with the principles of equality of tenderers and free and fair competition.
Regulations governing public procurement are complex and change rapidly. As a result, government advisers and tenderers are faced with many legal questions and issues.
The execution of procurement is also subject to strict regulations, meaning the various parties involved must act with proper care and seek advice when necessary. This is particularly the case in PPP arrangements, where the public authority works together with one or more private partners to implement a project.
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