Partner countries issue invitations to tender for construction, supply and services contracts required to implement Swiss contribution projects. Swiss companies can apply too.
All tenders for construction, supply and services contracts for projects financed under the Swiss contribution or the EU structural and cohesion funds are also open to Swiss companies.
The awarding of contracts for supplies and services is a process that takes place after projects have been selected and approved. The project executing agency issues, in accordance with applicable domestic and international guidelines (national, EU and WTO regulations), a public tender for the construction, supplies and services contracts needed for the project.
Where the EU rules apply, the entire procurement procedure is subject to obligations regarding information and transparency. In such cases, calls for tender are published not only in the partner countries but also throughout the EU. At the end of the tendering procedure, the executing agency signs the necessary supply and services contracts with the selected providers.