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Legal bases

The legal framework for public procurement is fragmented and complex. The legal bases differ between national levels, supra- and subnational levels and even between municipalities.

Member states of the European Union are subject to thresholds for procurement based on the value net of value-added tax (Art. 4 2014/24/EU), above which the corresponding directive 2014/24/EU applies. As directives have to be transposed into national law but allow member states a certain amount of leeway as to the exact rules to be adopted, it is national legislation that ultimately has to be complied with.




Information on legal bases and frameworks are given with the utmost care by the authors, according to the knowledge of current procurement laws and regulations in Europe. However, no legal guarantee can be given by the authors and it is therefore highly recommended that public authorties seek additional legal advice on a case-by-case basis. The publisher of this website does not assume any liability for the use of information given on this website.