What are the basic principles a public contract should comply with?

In public procurement, 6 fundamental legal principles apply: 

  1. Equal treatment: contracting authorities must treat all tenderers equally and objectively. 
  2. Non-discrimination: contracting authorities may not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, gender, nationality, language, religion, ethnic origin, or social background. 
  3. Competitive tendering: there is an obligation to consult the contract through national or European publication. 
  4. Transparency: the procurement procedures must be clear, and the selection criteria must be published. 
  5. The total value of the contract: All public contracts must be concluded in principle at a fixed price and for the total duration of the contract. 
  6. The successful tenderer must comply with all applicable legislation (environmental, social, and labour law). 



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