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07. January 2016

Together with a number of other organisations, the Competition and Consumer Authority is publishing a guideline on better and cheaper public procurement.

Director General of the Competition and Consumer Authority Jakob Hald says:

"It is vital that both public procuring entities and private companies make use of the opportunities provided for in the new Danish Public Procurement Act. We are therefore launching a comprehensive guideline intended to expound the potentials of the Act."

"Every day, the public sector makes purchases worth a billion kroner. So there’s great potential for the public sector to get more value for their money by succeeding with better tenders in which private companies compete on price and quality."

"There will be a start-up phase during which the new methods and rules will need to be taken up and tested in practice. We are now therefore providing guidelines about the regulations on bedreudbud.dk. In addition, we will be touring the country in the spring with our partners to host dialogue meetings on the new Danish Public Procurement Act."

The Danish Public Procurement Act entered into force on 1 January 2016. In collaboration with a number of partners, the Competition and Consumer Authority is starting up a guidance effort aimed at public procuring entities and private companies.

On the bedreudbud.dk website, public procuring entities and companies can ask the Competition and Consumer Authority experts questions and find examples and videos about the use of the law. Guidelines relating to the specific opportunities that the Act presents will be made available on a continuous basis.

The Danish Public Procurement Act will also be published in an abbreviated and more readable version. Furthermore, experts from the Competition and Consumer Authority will be travelling around the country and hold meetings with government authorities and local companies to answer questions about the Danish Public Procurement Act.

For further information, contact the Competition and Consumer Authority’s Press Office by telephone: +45 4171 5098.

New opportunities for public procurement

The Danish Public Procurement Act entered into force on 1 January 2016 and contains a number of new elements. Among the main changes are:

• The bill brings together a number of rules in one act and, through the explanatory notes, helps improve understanding of the rules

• The rules help reduce the costs associated with tenders for both the public sector and private companies.

• A significantly broader access to the use of flexible procurement procedures which support dialogue and negotiation is provided, as is the option of using the brand-new tender procedure for innovation partnerships.

• The rules of the Danish Tender Act regarding minor purchases of goods and services are replaced by a simpler set of rules with a requirement that the public authority must ensure that the purchase is carried out on market terms.

• The framework for SMEs to participate in public tenders is improved.

• Documentation expenses for companies have been reduced.

About The Better Tenders (“Bedre Udbud”) Campaign

• Bedreudbud.dk is part of the Competition and Consumer Authority’s guidance efforts for the new Danish Public Procurement Act. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the new Act and provide inspiration for using the new opportunities provided for in the Act.

• Behind the campaign are a number of organisations representing both procuring entities and suppliers. The partners have come together with the common goal of ensuring that the new Danish Public Procurement Act gives rise to a better tender culture in Denmark.

• In addition to the Competition and Consumer Authority, the following organisations are involved: The Danish Construction Association, the Danish Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Danish Industry, Danish Regions, the Association of Public Procurers (Foreningen af offentlige indkøbere, IKA), SMEdenmark, Local Government Denmark (KL), the Agency for Modernisation - Ministry of Finance, and SKI.

• On bedreudbud.dk, you can get an overview of the opportunities provided for in the new Danish Public Procurement Act, and find guidance and practical tools to help you complete your tender. The website will be updated regularly as new guidelines are issued by the Competition and Consumer Authority.