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Tendering rules

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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)External link (in Dutch) describes the procedures for allocating work on a tendering basis.

European tendering

Government organisations must use a European tendering process, when exceeding a certain thresholdExternal link. 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)
  • services

Governmental organisations must use a classification system when implementing European tendering procedures (Common Procurement VocabularyExternal link, CPV). On the basis of the CPV-code, you can see which governmental projects could be interesting for you.

Digital procedure for EU tenders

The procedure for European public tenders must be completely digital (E-procurement)External link. This means that all communication between the tendered service and the bidding company takes place electronically.

National procedures

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 proceduresExternal link (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 ExpertsExternal link (Commissie van Aanbestedingsexperts, CvA). Tendering services may also submit a complaint about participating companies.

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