23 March 2020 – Simplified regulations for public procurement

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: In Germany, the regulations for public procurement were simplified by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) in order to allow fast access to resources.

The policy is intended to allow faster access to resources for hospitals, doctors and all administrative units, institutions and people working to manage the pandemic.

In the case of urgent awards both above and below the EU thresholds, no contract notice need be published. Companies can be contacted directly by phone or e-mail and offers can be requested.

The actual time limits for tenders can be kept short. In particular, urgently needed medical supplies such as disinfectants, disposable gloves, masks, protective equipment and medical devices can be purchased immediately. The same applies to services to maintain the working capacity of the public administration, for example when higher IT capacities have to be created at very short notice.
Full details here: https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/DE/Dossier/coronavirus.html