Do public procurement rules apply also to private partners?Answer:
Institutions not falling under the scope of application of the public procurement laws (e.g. private companies for most procurement activities as defined under the “classical directive” (http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/index_en.htm) are exempt from the application of public procurement laws.
Notwithstanding this, such institutions have to observe the basic principles on which the procurement norms are based and ensure the best value for money or, if appropriate, the lowest price. Please check national rules and guidelines in this respect (if available) which may set specific/stricter rules applicable also to institutions not falling under the scope of application of the public procurement laws. The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme has developed specific procedures to be followed by such institutions when procuring works, supplies or services. These are laid down in chapter C.1.5.1 of the implementation manual.