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Public Procurement

One could cite numerous examples, such as the construction of an airport or other crucial infrastructure projects, but also the acquisition of goods and products such as equipment by the defence industry.

Given the high degree of public interest in such industries, the government is frequently the supplying company's sole customer. Last but not least, services provided by private companies to public institutions, for example, the maintenance of an embassy, are also subject to the rules and procedures of public procurement.


The field of public procurement is highly regulated. The contracting parties are obliged to comply with strict international, European or national laws and regulations. The web of public procurement regulations and procedures is unique in its kind and creates various challenges and uncertainty among the parties subject to public procurement contracts. Officers in charge of public procurement need to familiarise themselves with all legislative changes recently adopted concerning public procurement regulations and contract management.

Moreover, it is crucial to establish a sound public procurement management strategy that includes both stages before the public tender and processes after the contract award is granted. Without a plan for well-founded government procurement, public authorities run the risk of ending up with products or services which do not achieve the added value to their institution initially expected. The concept of sustainable public procurement aims towards the achievement of the best value for money. Within this function, life cycle costs have to be calculated and evaluated. To choose the most appropriate offer from numerous public tenders, award and selection criteria should be set out beforehand. The differentiation between types of criteria is not always easy.

Furthermore, public authorities must conduct extensive market research and market consultation to be able to formulate the appropriate requirements from the public entity. A mistake at this early stage may result in unfavourable consequences later on in the public procurement process. The aim of public procurement rules is the establishment and maintenance of a level playing field which presupposes a procurement market with fair and open competition. Only by these means can the money of the public authorities be spent effectively in securing the best available offer and the waste of public funds be avoided.

At the international level, the determination to combat fraud and corruption in the public procurement sector has evolved into an ongoing development process. The creation of an effective and secure procurement management system requires the establishment of fraud risk assessment and management tools, as well as whistleblowing strategies, measures to increase awareness and the identification of bid-rigging schemes. Furthermore, issues such as how to handle an alleged assumption of fraud or how to react to suspicious cases have been extensively discussed. Investigation techniques and detection methods are essential instruments in auditors' tool kits for evaluating public procurement procedures to combat fraud and corruption effectively.

Recently, the introduction of e-procurement, by which electronic means of communication are used for the managing of public procurement, has brought a new dimension to procurement management in the public sector. It is thought to be more effective in saving taxpayers' money and facilitating interaction between public authorities and contracting partners. In times of fiscal constraints, e-procurement might even generate jobs and stimulate economic growth as it especially targets small and medium-sized enterprises. On the other hand, the introduction of e-procurement also provides additional challenges regarding public procurement rules and regulations. How can data protection be guaranteed? Which new hurdles have to be overcome by auditors of public procurement processes?


At the international level, the determination to combat fraud and corruption in the public procurement sector has evolved into an ongoing development process. The creation of an effective and secure procurement management system requires the establishment of fraud risk assessment and management tools, as well as whistleblowing strategies, measures to increase awareness and the identification of bid-rigging schemes. Furthermore, issues such as how to handle an alleged assumption of fraud or how to react to suspicious cases have been extensively discussed. Investigation techniques and detection methods are essential instruments in auditors' tool kits for evaluating public procurement procedures to combat fraud and corruption effectively.

Recently the introduction of e-procurement, by which electronic means of communication are used for the managing of public procurement, has brought a new dimension to procurement management in the public sector. It is thought to be more effective in saving tax payers' money and facilitating interaction between public authorities and contracting partners. In times of fiscal constraints, e-procurement might even generate jobs and stimulate economic growth as it especially targets small and medium-sized enterprises. On the other hand, the introduction of e-procurement also provides additional challenges regarding public procurement rules and regulations. How can data protection be guaranteed? Which new hurdles have to be overcome by auditors of public procurement processes?


It is of utmost importance to acquire further education on the latest updates in the field of public procurement regulations and public procurement process management. The European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law provides participants with a comprehensive array of trainings in the field of public procurement.

Interactive workshops focussing on effective procurement management, in addition to procurement courses on handling public tenders, drawing up public contracts and conducting market consultations to receive input on available offers, are substantial elements of the range of seminars we offer.

Become an expert in public procurement law and management and bring your institution up-to-date with the latest relevant developments with our first-class expertise.

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