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Question:

Do rules on competition and public procurement have to be respected?

Answer:

Acquisitions by means of public contracts of works, supplies or services from economic operators are subject to rules on public procurement. These rules aim at securing transparent and fair conditions for competing on the common market and have to be respected by beneficiaries.

Rules differ depending on the kind of goods and/or services to be purchased, as well as the value of the purchase and the legal status of the awarding institution. They are set at the following levels:

  • EU rules
  • National rules
  • Programme rules

Please note that with public procurement, differing from the hierarchy of rules concerning the eligibility of expenditure, all applicable EU and national rules are on a higher hierarchical level than the rules set by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme.