The rules for awarding public contracts depend in particular on the respective estimated net value of the individual contract to be awarded. The thresholds above which Europe-wide tendering is mandatory play a decisive role in this context. The level of the thresholds is reviewed by the EU Commission every two years and usually adjusted in the process.
While the threshold value for the award of works and concessions is currently a uniform €5,548,000 (since 01.01.2018), there are several regulated threshold values for the award of supplies and services. The latter depend partly on what type of supply or service contract is to be awarded, partly on what type of contracting authority awards the supply or service contract. Simplified and in overview, the following thresholds currently apply (since 01.01.2018) in the area of supply and service contracts:
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has published a “Guidance Document for the Examination of the Applicable EU Threshold Value in the Award of Public Contracts” in the Federal Gazette. The notice contains a list of the supreme and upper federal authorities and the comparable institutions pursuant to section 106 para. 2 No. 1 GWB (source: BAnz. AT 01.07.2019 B1).
Know your threshold! Note the various applicable thresholds in the area of supply and service contracting.
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