In a negotiated procedure the public authority invites at least 3 businesses with whom it will negotiate the terms of the contract.
Most contracting authorities can use this procedure only in a limited number of cases, for example for supplies intended exclusively for research or testing purposes. The contracting authorities in sectors such as water, energy, transport or postal services may use it as a standard procedure.
The time limit to receive requests to participate is 37 days from the publication of the contract notice. This can be reduced to 15 days in extremely urgent cases, or 10 days if the notice is sent electronically.
Note: Under certain conditions this procedure can be chosen even without publication of a contract notice, for example:
- where no tenders were submitted in an open or restricted procedure
- in extremely urgent cases
- in cases where, for technical reasons, the contract can be carried out only by a single business