Too Many Public Procurement Disputes in Finland

About 480 appeals on public procurement decisions were filed before the Market Court in Finland in 2017. This is approximately 60 appeals more than during 2016. It seems that the slight decrease in the number of cases in 2016—possibly caused by the introduction of increased court fees (up to 6,000 euros)—was only temporary.

The average handling time for cases was over 8 months. This is obviously far too long considering the interests of both contracting entities and bidders.

So, what could be done to decrease the number of disputes? Here are a few ideas for contracting entities:

Currently, appellants win approximately 20% of the appeals before the Market Court. Thus, the vast majority of appeals are rejected and many appeals could be avoided. This would shorten the handling times and allow the Market Court to concentrate on the right cases.