Public contracts - Denmark
EU directives on public tender are enacted by executive order in Danish law, namely:
Types of public procurement
Threshold values for EU tenders
The threshold values for EU tenders are divided up into national contracts, county/municipal contracts and contracts concluded by utility companies. In addition, the threshold values are divided up depending on the nature of the service. The threshold values are given in Danish kroner and are valid for the period from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009.
Ordering authorities may use one of the following procedures in a public tender under the Procurement Directive:
- Open procedures
- Restricted procedures
- Competitive dialogue
- Tender with negotiations with or without an advance tender notice
- Dynamic purchasing systems or
- Design contests
The ordering authorities must assess which procedure may be used for the contract in question, and which procedure best meets the authority's specific needs.
Types of public contract
The procurement rules basically apply to all kinds of purchases of goods, services or construction work.
Some contracts are not covered by the procurement rules.
The value of the contract in question is decisive. Contracts above the EU threshold values, must comply with the rules in the Directives.
Contracts below the EU threshold values, on the other hand, are covered by the Danish Tenders Act. According to this Act, contracts for construction work comply with the rules for the open/restricted procedures, and purchases of goods and services must be advertised if the value of the contract is DKK 500 000 or more.
National public procurement authorities
The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority and the Danish Business Authority regularly provide information on current and future legislation relating to competition and procurement.
Publishing invitations to tender
The Danish Business Authority has a special tender portal with a step-by-step guide on how to prepare, submit and carry out tenders for public projects.
The TED database, which is the EU's official journal for tenders, provides online access to all Executive Orders on European public procurement published in the Official Journal.
Information on the procurement rules can also be found on the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority website:
The SIMAP portal contains links to national public tender databases.
Check also the legislation on this topic in: