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Netherlands: The Proportionality Principle in the Dutch Public Procurement Act

Jan Hebly, Janet Meesters

In this report, we look at how the Netherlands has applied the procurement law principle of proportionality since the Dutch Public Procurement Act1 entered into effect in April 2013. The Public Procurement Act and the accompanying ‘Proportionality Guide’ lay down rules ensuring that, for all phases of a government tender, contracting authorities apply conditions and criteria reasonably proportionate to the contract. The generally formulated requirements provide more i


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