What is the OJEU threshold?
Notices are required to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union should contracts for works, supply or services are above the following threshold:
public works contracts worth above €5,548,000 EUR
public supply and service contracts worth above €221,000 for central government authorities
public supply and service contracts worth above €221,000 for sub-central entities
public supply and service contracts worth above €443,000 for contracting authorities operating in water, energy, transport or postal services
(last update Jan, 2020)
Under the Public Sector Directive, contracting authorities must generally advertise contracts by an EU wide advertisement in the OJEU. Contract notices, usually referred to as an "Invitation to Tender", and is sent by contracting authorities in a standard form. Information that must be contained in the notice contains contact details of the contracting authority, a description of the contract and the time for delivery or performance. A standard 'Invitation to Tender' is available to view for further reference.
What is published by the OJEU?
The awarding authorities for tenders are central government, local or regional authorities, bodies governed by public law, or associations consisting of one or more of these authorities or bodies governed by public law.
Each year supply and public works contracts worth about EUR 300 billion are published by public authorities in the EU. Each day the Supplement to the Official Journal publishes over 1,000 tenders containing invitations to tender in the following sectors:
• Public contracts for works, supply and services from all EU Member States;
• Utilities contracts (water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors);
• Public contracts from EU institutions;
• External aid and European Development Fund contracts (ACP countries);
• Phare, Tacis and other contracts from Central and Eastern Europe;
• European Investment Bank (EIB), European Central Bank (ECB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) financed projects;
• Contracts from the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein);
• Contracts pursuant to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), concluded within the framework of the GATT/World Trade Organisation (WTO), from Switzerland;
• Notices concerning European Economic Interest Groups (EEIG);
• Public contracts for air services.