The Commercial Service has developed a database which gathers all public procurement tenders that are open to U.S. based firms in particular. Our database is built on the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED), which is the online version of the Official Journal of the European Union. Tenders published in the TED include public purchases of supplies, and work and services by European governments at the national and sub-central levels. Since January 1st, 1996, the United States and the European Union have been party to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), signed under the auspices of the WTO, which allows U.S.-based firms to bid on certain EU contracts above established thresholds. Our database is updated twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is a direct link to free tenders database:
The European public procurement market for US firms established in the EU
U.S. firms legally established (ongoing businesses, paying local taxes) in a Member State of the European Union are accountable as a European company. Those firms may bid on EU public procurement contracts advertised on the TED database just as any other European firm. For public contracts with an estimated value above certain thresholds, European directives establish common rules for advertising, invitations to tender and contract award.
The National Electronic Procurement Databases
Electronic public procurement is already in place in most EU Member States. The best way to find out about electronic databases is to enter the "simap" website, which offers a list of "National" e-procurement databases per country: go to "Public Procurement Opportunities", then to "Procurement Databases" and choose "EU".
The "simap" website also leads to the main public procurement database in Europe, TED (Tenders Electronic Daily"), published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This database can be used by all firms legally established in the EU, and is free of charge. All large public supply, works and services procurement contracts, above certain thresholds decided in accordance with the European Directives, must be published in TED.