On May 1, 2007, Estonia's new Public Procurement Act entered into force. The primary purpose of the regulation is to promote competition and ensure the transparency of public procurements and equal treatment of participants in tendering procedures. The material law aspects behind this objective are indisputable. However, certain procedural law aspects ostensibly put into force to attain these goals seem questionable and raise legitimate concerns about the legislation's underlying rationale.The most problematic clause stipulates that any bidder who has had an outstanding tax debt for mor...
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