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How we prioritise procurement supervision

We have a responsibility to use our resources as efficiently as possible. That is why we need to prioritise between our various procurement supervision cases. We focus on investigating issues that are of a general interest and that lead to clear results.

On this page you can see how we prioritise our procurement supervision efforts. We have a prioritisation policy that is used in the initial prioritisation when we select which issues to investigate further. Various circumstances are then weighed against each other. Not all the factors that we consider in the prioritisation process must be fulfilled; this is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Continuous assessment

Although the prioritisation policy is initially applied, throughout the investigation we also continuously assess whether the investigation of the case should continue. Available resources and the number and scope of other ongoing investigations may influence our need for prioritisation. There may be several reasons why the Swedish Competition Authority closes investigations at a later stage without action, but it is not the prioritisation policy we rely on then.

Promote effective public procurement

We focus on investigating issues that are of a general interest and that lead to clear results. The aim is always to promote effective public procurement for the benefit of public and market actors.

The prioritisation policy serves not only to prioritise among tip-offs and complaints received by the Swedish Competition Authority. The policy also serves to identify the most serious indications among the signs we observe in the market. Tip-offs received are important, but we have multiple tools for identifying infringements also without the help of outside informants. We use media monitoring, but may also find suspected infringements through statistics on public procurements and other open sources.

Factors that we weigh into the prioritisation

The Swedish Competition Authority prioritises matters that we assess will have a deterrent effect, lead to changed behaviour or have a preventive effect in some other way. Sometimes, we believe there is reason to prioritise a matter to cast light on a larger issue, provide guidance and create legal precedent.

Illegal direct awards of contract are among the most serious infringements in the public procurement area and the Swedish Competition Authority therefore focuses on these. Infringements of rules that may be particularly restrictive for competition if they are not observed are also central to our prioritisation. These include rules on transparency and other infringements of the public procurement law principles.

In prioritising procurement supervision efforts, we consider the following factors:

  • Whether our supervision can have a deterrent effect or if there is a need for guidance

  • Whether there are shortcomings in the conduct of the contracting authority or entity

  • If there are signs of corruption

  • Whether the Swedish Competition Authority is best placed to intervene

  • The resources required for the investigation in relation to the suspected infringement or the need for guidance

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