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Bids, Tenders and Proposals, 4th Edition by Harold Lewis

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Bidding for public sector contracts

The EU procurement framework

The term ‘public sector’ as used in EU member states covers central government, regional and local authorities, utilities, European institutions such as the European Commission and its related programmes and other bodies governed by public law. Across the individual member states the value of public sector procurement – ie the purchase of goods, services and public works by governments and public utilities – ranges from about 12 per cent to 20 per cent of gross domestic product.

All public sector authorities are subject to European public procurement rules, intended to secure open and fair competition, transparent and auditable contracting procedures and equal access to contract ...

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