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EU Public Procurement and Tenders Database

The purpose of EU procurement rules is to open up the public procurement market and to ensure the free movement of supplies, services and works within the EU. EU public procurement legislation reflects the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) provisions and thresholds. There are four public procurement directives:

The Directives include provisions on contracting procedures, selection and award criteria, advertising and transparency. The annexes to the Directives include the lists of contracting authorities in charge of handling the procurement procedures in the Member States.

U.S.-based companies are allowed to bid on public tenders covered by the GPA, while European subsidiaries of U.S. companies may bid on all public procurement contracts covered by the EU directives in the European Union.

There are restrictions for U.S. suppliers in the EU utilities sector, both in the EU directive and in the EU coverage under the GPA. Directive 2014/25 concerns the procurement procedures of public entities and private entities with special or exclusive rights operating in:

  • Water: production, transport and distribution of drinking water;
  • Energy: distribution of gas, heat and electricity;
  • Postal services; and
  • Urban transport by railway, automated systems, tramway, trolley bus, bus or cable.

Article 85 allows EU contracting authorities to either reject non-EU bids where the proportion of goods originating in non-EU countries exceeds 50% or give preference to the EU bid if prices are equivalent (meaning within a 3% margin). Moreover, the directive allows EU contracting authorities to retain the right to suspend or restrict the award of service contracts to undertakings in third countries where no reciprocal access is granted.

Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) is the official website where public tenders over a certain threshold have to be published. Tenders published in TED include public purchases of supplies, works and services by European governments at the national and sub-central levels. TED also includes GPA and non-GPA covered tenders.

The link to access TED is ted.europa.eu. A user does not have to be registered in order to access TED. Under ‘’business opportunities’’, click on ‘’contract notices’’. This will produce a list of all notices in all countries but the search can be refined using ‘filters’ for selection (keyword, specific country, contract procedure, GPA, legal basis, etc).

For further information on TED or to request a copy of the EU Government Procurement Report, please send an e-mail to Office.BrusselsEC@trade.gov. Please also feel free to contact the Commercial Service office in the country you selected for business opportunities. This link will take you to a country-by-country listing of all Commercial Service offices.

Click here for a downloadable pdf of our EU Public Procurement report.

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