Public procurement, contracting authorities
Public procurement law covers all rules and regulations governing the procurement of public contracts and has become increasingly important in recent years. Contracting authorities are public authorities if they are state or municipal bodies (authorities), if there is a state participation in the contracting authority or if the contracting authority operates with public funds.
Above certain thresholds, contracts can no longer be concluded by private treaty but must be put out to public tender. In addition to the proper use of taxpayers’ money, the focus is on opening up cross-border procurement markets through transparent procedures. Public procurement law is based on the five basic principles of competition, transparency, equal treatment, non-discrimination and appropriateness. Following the invitation to public tender, the formal receipt of offers, their evaluation and the procurement of the contract are carried out. This complex process is legally supported by our offices in Frankfurt and Munich.