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If Dutch government organisations purchase goods or services, they must follow a tendering procedure when choosing a company. The rules about tendering are listed in the Tendering Act 2012 and the Tendering Directive. The Tendering Rules Works 2016 (ARW 2016) (in Dutch) describes the procedures for allocating work on a tendering basis.
Government organisations must use a European tendering process, when exceeding a certain threshold. The threshold amount depends on the type of procurement. There are governmental assignments for:
- works (building, maintaining structures or civil-technical work)
- supplies (purchase, hire, lease and hire-purchase of products)
Governmental organisations must use a classification system when implementing European tendering procedures (Common Procurement Vocabulary, CPV). On the basis of the CPV-code, you can see which governmental projects could be interesting for you.
Digital procedure for EU tenders
By October 2018 European public tenders must have a completely digital procedure (E-procurement). This means that all communication between the tendered service and the bidding company takes place electronically.
For any tenders under the European threshold level, a European tendering procedure is not obligatory. The ARW 2016 applies to these tenders. There are several national procedures (in Dutch).
If you think the tendering rules have not been applied correctly or you have been treated unfairly, you can submit a complaint to the tendering service. If you are dissatisfied with the handling of that complaint, you can submit a complaint to the Committee of Tendering Experts (Commissie van Aanbestedingsexperts, CvA). Tendering services may also submit a complaint about participating companies.