On April 1, 2020, the European Commission published a “Guidance on using the public procurement framework in the emergency situation related to the COVID-19 crisis” (Official Journal of the European Union, 2020/C 108 I/01). In particular, the Commission explains various options for awarding public contracts as quickly as possible within the European public procurement framework, which remains unchanged in this respect.
In an emergency situation such as this, procurement is possible within a matter of days, even hours, if necessary - and is covered by public procurement law. Public buyers should make full use of the flexibility offered by public procurement law. The guidance points out the following:
The Introduction to the Communication states verbatim:
“In practice, this means that authorities can act as quickly as is technically/physically feasible”; public buyers may “contact potential contractors in and outside the EU by phone, e-mail or in person.”
From the point of view of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Communication is a useful addition to its March 19, 2020 circular.