On 31 January 2017, the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") published a practical guide for buyers of public authorities on cartel behavior of bidders in public procurement (so-called "bid rigging" or "collusive tendering" practices). The BCA's accompanying press release states that fighting bid rigging in public procurement is one of the main priorities in its enforcement policy.
The guide provides examples of warning signs which might indicate potential collusive behavior of public procurement bidders. It also describes which market conditions might possibly facilitate bid rigging and gives practical tips and tricks to buyers on how to avoid potential collusion.
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