New statistics report gives a clearer picture of public procurement in Sweden

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The Swedish National Agency for Public Procurement and the Swedish Competition Authority have produced a new report with statistics on public procurement. The report shows that procurement relating to framework agreements is increasing and that three quarters of tenderers are companies with fewer than 50 employees.

The total value of public procurements in Sweden was SEK 634 billion in 2014. This corresponds to almost 20 per cent of Sweden's GDP, excluding VAT. A total of 18,345 procurements were announced under the public procurement laws during 2015. These were some of the conclusions in the report entitled Statistics on public procurement 2016, produced by the National Agency for Public Procurement and the Swedish Competition Authority. The report gives a clearer picture of how public procurement works in Sweden, and also includes some international figures.

"Statistics on Public Procurement is of key importance to our work," says Inger Ek, Director General at the National Agency for Public Procurement. "It is essential for us to be able to provide sound support for purchasers and suppliers."

"For the Competition Authority, statistics is used as an important tool," says Dan Sjöblom, Director General of the Competition Authority. "It is used in both in our supervisory activities in the public procurement and competition areas, and as a basis for studies and market analyses. We have been working to improve statistics for several years and we will continue this work together with the National Agency for Public Procurement."

According to the report, the use of framework agreements has increased significantly in recent years. More than every third procurement advertised in 2015 was a framework agreement. In 2009 the figure was just 7 per cent. County councils had the highest share of framework contracts with 43 per cent of all procurements related to a framework agreement. The percentage of contracts which fall under the EU public procurement directive have increased from 24% in 2009 to 38% in 2015.

The report also contains a chapter describing the participation of SMEs in public procurement. The statistics shows that more than three quarters of the tenderers were micro-enterprises or small enterprises. Just 4 per cent of the tenderers were large enterprises, but they signed almost half of all the contracts. This was not because large enterprises' tenders more often won contracts, but because they were a lot more active than small enterprises in their tendering. Large enterprises submitted an average of 22.5 tenders each, compared with 3.2 tenders for small enterprises and 2.0 tenders for micro-enterprises.

"We need to know more about the reasons for these discrepancies," says Inger Ek. "This report is a good start, but a deeper analysis is needed to understand the tendencies here."

For further information, please contact:      
Stefan Jönsson, Swedish Competition Authority, tel. +46-8-700 15 95,
Andreas Larsson, National Agency for Public Procurement, tel. +46-8-586 217 93,
Åsa Olsson, Communications Manager, National Agency for Public Procurement, tel. +46-8-586 217 99,

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