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Last checked: 23/06/2022

Request a review of a public procurement procedure

Public tenders

If you have taken part in a public tender and feel that you have been discriminated against, or noticed irregularities in the procedure, you can request a review of the procedure or file a complaint.

Contract award decisions are reviewed by the courts or independent review bodies based in the EU country where the tender was published. You can find contact details for the appropriate institutions in the contract notice of the procedure you want to challenge.

Period for initiating a review

If you are unsuccessful in your bid, you will be notified of the award decision and the standstill period will begin.

During this waiting period of at least 10 days the contract cannot be signed. This is the period when you can initiate a review procedure.

Even if the standstill period is over, the contract cannot be awarded if there is a review in progress.

Review decision

In cases when the court or review body finds the complaint founded, they may either:

Public contracts awarded without public tenders

You can also request a review of a public contract that was awarded without being put to tender, if you think that a tender should have been published.

You have at least 30 calendar days (but not more than 6 months) after the publication of the contract award notice, or after you found out the contract was awarded, to inform the court or review body.

Review decision

The court or review body will declare a contract ineffective, shorten it, or fine the buyer if:

EU legislation

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