The selection criteria for appointing the contractor for building works in public procurement process in selected eu countries

Janusz Bochenek


This paper presents an analysis of selected criteria for choosing the most suitable contractor in a public
procurement process, and for appointing the contractor whose tender best meets the criteria used in Poland, Germany, United Kingdom and France. The national procurement regulations are based on the European directive 2004/18/EC that allows for an objective multi-criteria assessment of a tender offer. As foreign examples prove, the procedures used in the process of tenders’ evaluation, followed by a selection of the best bidder, vary, depending on the country of their application. Moreover, they show that the lowest price is not the most appropriate choice for the contracting authorities, if they adhere to the rule ‘value for money’.

Słowa kluczowe: public procurement, selection of the contractor, criteria of selection

Directive 2004/17/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (OJ L134, 30.04.2004).

Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts (OJ L134 30.04.2004).

Commission Regulation (EC) No. 213/2008 of 28 November 2007 amending Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) and Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on public procurement procedures, as regards the revision of the CPV.

Ustawa z dnia 29 stycznia 2004 r. Prawo Zamówień Publicznych (Dz.U. Nr 19, poz. 177, z późn. zm.).


VOB-Vergabe-und Vertragsordnung fuer Bauleistungen, Teil A, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 30, Auflage 2013.

The Public Contracts Regulations, SI 2006 No. 5.

Décret n°2006-975 du 1 août 2006.

JORF n°0039 du 15 février 2012 page 2600 texte n° 16 CIRCULAIRE Circulaire du 14 février 2012 relative au Guide de bonnes pratiques en matière de marchés publics NOR: EFIM1201512C.