Public procurement - How it works in Sweden

Procurement legislation is intended to facilitate the free movement of goods and services within the European Union. It offers Swedish companies new business opportunities. Companies competing with each other means taxpayers receive more value for their tax money.

Procurement must be free from discrimination and treat all companies equally

Swedish procurement legislation is based on EU directives and basic principles of Union law. The directives and principles prohibit discrimination on the basis of nationality. All suppliers must be treated equally.

The procurement process must be open and transparent. The requirements in the procurement must have a natural link to what is being procured and be reasonable.

Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC on the EUR-lex website


Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC on the EUR-lex website


Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts on the EUR-lex website

Acts regulating public procurement in Sweden

The Public Procurement Act, the Act on public procurement of water, energy, transport and postal services, and the Defence and Security Procurement Act regulate the procurement of goods, services and public works contracts.

Swedish Competition Authority - competent government agency for public procurement

The Swedish Competition Authority provides support, both to contracting authorities and to suppliers in issues relating to public procurement. The agency is responsible for the implementation of the national procurement rules and informs about the rules and important decisions.

Public procurement on the Swedish Competition Authority website

Provisions regulate that suppliers who feel they have been wrongly treated are entitled to have their case heard in a court of law.

Relevant rules and documents

Public Procurement Act (2007:1091)
Act on procurement of water, energy, transport and postal services (2007:1092)
Defence and Security Procurement Act (2011:1029)