CMS Expert guide on Right Bidding vs Bid Rigging

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Public procurement rules and their strict observance is of key importance to ensure good quality products and services to citizens on the best possible financial and service delivery terms. An efficient competitive process in tenders can lead to lower prices, higher quality and more innovation in the supply of goods and services.

Bid rigging refers to illegal agreements between participants in tenders with the aim of distorting competition in award procedures and enabling a predetermined tenderer to secure a contract while creating the impression that the procedure is genuinely competitive. Often the motive is to impose a high contract price that is not justified by market conditions. Bid rigging typically occurs when bidders agree to cooperate in tenders to the detriment of fair competition rules. 

A joint project by the CMS regional Antitrust, Competition and Trade and Public Procurement teams, the Right Bidding vs Bid Rigging Guide focuses on the key considerations of parties participating in tender procedures: the main dos and don’ts, the role of national competition authorities, sanctions and liability, and more.

Covering key CEE markets Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine, this guide will serve as an invaluable tool at the beginning of a tender process and an easy reference once the tendering process is underway.

We hope this guide provides you with the practical information you need to further your business’s public procurement opportunities – wherever in the world you operate.

For further legal support and advice, contact your regular CMS professional or the author of the guide responsible for your CEE jurisdiction.

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