Public Procurement in the Netherlands

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The Dutch government procures around € 73 billion worth of work, services and supplies every year. Much of this is for the primary process: roads, bridges, home care, school books, school transport, and so on. Procurement is therefore a key tool for ensuring quality in government services.

Procurement: key to quality of service provision

Professional procurement means linking procurement to your policy aims and budget and focusing on efficiency and quality. All too often, the focus in procurement is still very much on following tendering rules and opting for the lowest price.

Professional procurement/tendering delivers:

  • lower failure costs
  • more interaction with the market (supply chain integration and market knowledge)
  • competition
  • innovation (sustainability)
  • value for taxpayers' money

Public procurement law in The Netherlands

On 1 July 2016 the amended Dutch Public Procurement Act entered into force. The amended Public Procurement Act implements the latest EU procurement directives (2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU). The Public Procurement Act applies to both national and European procurement procedures.

Further details: Legal framework

Sustainable Procurement

The Dutch government, together with regional and local authorities, wants to stimulate the market for sustainable products. Sustainable public procurement means focussing on the environmental and social impact of procurement as well as the price of the products, services or works in question. The Dutch government have developed criteria and practical instruments to implement Sustainable Procurement within the organisation.

Further details: Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP)


PIANOo, the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, was set up to professionalise procurement and tendering in all government departments, with a view to improving efficiency and compliance with the rules. Professional procurement can contribute to successful policy and offers value for taxpayers' money.

Further details: About PIANOo


TenderNed is the Dutch government's online tendering system. All Dutch authorities are obliged to publish their national and European tenders on Tenderned's announcement platform, so businesses can access all public publications from a single webpage. Through TenderNed, all parties can digitally manage all steps throughout the entire tender process. This is determined by the contracting authority. TenderNed is a certified supplier of the European publication platform Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). TenderNed is a part of PIANOo.