General conditions for public procurement in Germany

A practical overview of the German tendering procedure of public contracting authorities

Public procurement law in Germany is very complex and fragmented due to the federal state structure, but it does offer great potential for companies. It is therefore crucial, if a company wishes to participate in a tender, to be familiar with the provisions that govern public procurement. This overview provides detailed insights from a Swiss perspective.


The public sector in Germany awards contracts worth hundreds of billions of euros to private companies every year.

Most of these are run through public agencies on a federal, state or municipal level. However, public contracting authorities include both public institutions as well as certain private companies in some areas of public infrastructure, such as drinking water supply, transport or energy supply. In the coming years, significant investments will be made in the areas of infrastructure, health and digitization, energy and green technologies, among others. A keen eye for tender announcements and thorough knowledge of the legal requirements should therefore be the first step into new, relevant markets. Swiss companies can participate on equal terms in public tenders in all EU member states.

General guidelines and individual support for your business in Germany

Public procurement law in Germany is highly fragmented due to the federal structure. In our guide, we will explain the basics of German public procurement law such as:

- Legal bases

- Areas of application

- Thresholds

- Types of procedures

- Phases of public procurement

- A list of the most important award platforms

Would you like to take part in a public call for tender in Germany? Then this guide provides a good basis for understanding your rights and obligations.



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Do you have further questions regarding taking part in public calls for tender in Germany or would you like to discuss your project personally in a free initial consultation with our consultant for this region?


General conditions for public procurement in Germany (DE, 08/2023)



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