Public procurement in Lithuania is regulated by the Law on Public Procurement and bye-laws adopted by the Government, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Economy, and the Public Procurement Office.
There are no additional requirements for foreign suppliers participating in procurement procedures of Lithuanian contracting authorities.
Types of public procurement
Procurement procedures are categorised as either international or simplified.
Foreign suppliers may participate in both, international and simplified, procurement procedures.
Types of international procurement procedures are the following:
- open procedure;
- restricted procedure;
- competitive dialogue procedure;
- negotiated procedure with or without publication of a contract notice.
A design contest may also be conducted in order determine the supplier who submitted the best plan or design (of area planning, architecture, civil engineering or data processing, etc.), and who is to be awarded a service contract.
When awarding contracts by means of the open procedure, restricted procedure or, in certain instances, negotiated procedure with publication of a contract notice, the contracting authority may apply electronic auctions.
The contracting authority also may apply the dynamic purchasing system to award contracts. When applying this system and awarding public contracts on its basis, the contracting authority shall use only electronic means.
Simplified procurement procedures shall be carried out by a contracting authority in accordance with its approved regulations, which shall be published in the Central Public Procurement Information System (CVP IS) and, if possible, on its website.
Tendering procedure: a step-by-step guide
When carrying out public procurement procedures, the contracting authority usually performs the following actions:
- prepares public procurement plans, and calculates the cost of procurement;
- appoints the Public Procurement Commission for a specific procurement procedure, and prepares the contract documents;
- publishes a contract notice, or sends outs invitations to tender;
- familiarises itself with the tenders submitted;
- evaluates the qualifications of the participants;
- evaluates the tenders;
- produces a ranking of the tenders based on the chosen criteria - the lowest price or the most economically beneficial tender;
- determines the winner, and awards the contract to it;
- announces about the awarding of the contract, and/or prepares a procurement report.
The contracting authority usually prepares the contract documents in accordance with the standard contract documents prepared by the Public Procurement Office.
When carrying out public procurement procedures, a contracting authority follows the guide on carrying out public procurement procedures using the tools of CVP IS.
Types of public contracts
The Law on Public Procurement as well as EU public procurement directives distinguish three types of contracts: supplies, services, and works contracts. Public procurement procedure for the award of a contract is chosen with respect to the cost of procurement.
When awarding contracts the value of which exceeds the public procurement value thresholds provided in EU directives, the procedures in compliance with the procedure provided in EU public procurement directives as provided in the Law on Public Procurement shall be applied.
When awarding contracts, the value of which does not exceed the public procurement value thresholds provided in EU directives, and when awarding contracts for services listed in Annex II B to Directive 2004/18/EC and Annex XVII B to Directive 2004/17/EC, the procedure provided in the regulations adopted by contracting authorities shall be applied.
National public procurement authority
The Public Procurement Office implements public procurement policy, and supervises compliance with the Law on Public Procurement and with the legal acts implementing it.
Public procurement tenders of suppliers are to be submitted in accordance with the procedure provided in the contract documents of the contracting authority.
The contracting authority is to publish such contract documents, which it is possible to render through electronic means, in the CVP IS along with the contract notice.
If it is impossible to publish the documents in the CVP IS, the contracting authority provides the contract documents to the supplier through other means.
In order to evaluate more quickly whether the qualifications of suppliers meet the set requirements, official lists of approved suppliers are prepared in Lithuania.
Suppliers wishing to participate in Lithuanian procurement procedures may register in the official lists of approved suppliers, which are prepared by the Public Procurement Office.
Certain procurement procedures are regulated not by the Law on Public Procurement, but by procedures set by the Government:
- public procurement in the defence sector;
- public procurement of radio and television programme creation and broadcasting services;
- public procurement of real estate;
- public procurement of energy or fuel that is needed for the production of electricity or for heating, for businesses operating in the energy sector.
- Related legal acts:
Notices of international public procurement procedures are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Information about international and simplified public procurement procedures is published in , a supplement to the state official gazette , and in the Central Public Procurement Information System.