Guide

Public contracts in the EU

Introduction

As a business registered in the UK, you have the right to compete for public sector contracts in other European Union (EU) countries.

European law sets minimum harmonised rules that apply to tenders above a certain value. For lower value tenders, national rules apply. These have to respect the general principles of the EU law.

If you are looking to compete for contracts within the EU, this guide offers you an introduction to the EU procurement process. It explains how to bid for public sector contracts in Europe, and tells you how you can find public contract opportunities in Europe.

Access to the EU procurement market after Brexit is part of the current Brexit negotiations. For the latest information, see the government's technical note on public sector procurement after Brexit.