Contract notices must be published for all procurement, except in the event of the direct award of contracts.
The ‘obligation to publish a contract notice’ means that a contract notice must be published in an electronic database that is available to the public. An alternative in the case of a simplified procedure is to publish another form of notice that facilitates effective competition.
In the case of a simplified procedure, the contracting authority shall request tenders through a notice in an electronic database that is available to the public, or through another form of notice that facilitates effective competition, such as national daily newspapers and trade magazines.
In the case of a selection procedure, the contracting authority shall publish an invitation to apply through a notice in an electronic database that is available to the public.
The invitation for a selection procedure shall state first how a request to participate is to be submitted and second the deadline for the receipt of the application. The authority may state in its invitation the number of suppliers that it intends to invite. The number shall be determined considering the nature of the subject matter of the contract and be large enough to achieve effective competition.