Public procurement means a situation where the Government, a municipality, a consolidation of municipalities, a church, a parish, a state-owned business or any other procurement unit laid down in procurement legislation purchases goods, services or construction projects from outside their own organisation. In Finland, public procurement is governed by procurement legislation, and in the EU they are governed by procurement directives.
The main principles in public procurement are openness, fairness and publicity. When a public sector entity purchase something, it must utilise the available competition opportunities. Since public procurement is strictly governed by laws and directives, public procurement is always implemented using the same procedure, which is called a procurement process. Public procurement must always be completed in compliance with the procedures laid down in procurement legislation. That is why it is important that not only the public sector entities but also the parties offering the goods or services (companies) are familiar with the procurement process.
Our office handles all public procurement issues in whole of Finland.