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OJEU Tenders | EU Contracts

Tenders Direct is your go-to source of EU tenders and bid support.

The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) contains legal acts and other information, such as tenders, for the European Union (EU).

It is published daily in 24 languages, and is made up of three series: the L series (legislation), C series (Courts) and S series (Supplement). The S series is the most relevant to businesses as this is where invitations to tender for public contracts are published. There are 27 countries within the EU, all of which use the OJEU to publish around 27,000 High-value contracts a month.

Between 2022-23, the EU’s most frequent procurement requirements were: 

  • 20% Computing 
  • 19% Construction 
  • 8% Industrial 
  • 7% Healthcare 
  • 7% Transport 

If your business can supply
to, or operate in, Ireland and the rest of the EU, we can match you to the most suitable tenders

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OJEU Tenders FAQs

Winning OJEU tenders requires submitting high-quality bids that showcase your suitability, experience, and value for money. Here are some tips to help you: 

  1. Understand the buyer and the project. What are their needs? What are their expectations? What are their objectives? You can find this information by reading the tender documents, as well as any other publicly available information about the buyer and the project. 
  2. Tailor your bid to the requirements. Show how your company can meet or exceed the buyer’s requirements. Pay close attention to the scoring criteria and develop a pricing strategy that will give you a competitive advantage. 
  3. Create a professional and clear proposal. Use clear and concise language that is easy to understand. Avoid jargon and technical terms. Proofread your bid carefully before submitting it. 
  4. Learn from the best. There are many resources available to help you improve your OJEU bidding skills. Talk to your colleagues, read online articles and blogs, and take advantage of training courses. 

No. Brexit concluded on 1 January 2021, which saw the UK end its membership to the EU, and the requirement to publish High-value tenders in the OJEU.  
High-value tenders for the UK are published on the Find a Tender platform, or numerous smaller platforms for Low-value tenders. More information about UK tenders can be found on our ‘UK Government Tenders’ (TBC page) page.

OJEU contracts are a great opportunity for businesses to win work from public sector organizations across Europe. However, if you are not experienced, the tendering process can seem complex and time-consuming. We have created a simple 9-step guide for the tendering process, and you can use this as a basis for all of your tendering activity.

If you are looking for OJEU tenders online, you may encounter different levels of quality and relevance. Some common sources are search engines, public procurement websites, or tendering portals like Tenders Direct (the UK’s most accurate).  
If you would like a personalised report on how many opportunities are available for your business, and which keywords to use, we would be happy to provide you with a FREE Market Overview.

There is no definitive answer to what your chances of winning an OJEU tender are, as it involves various factors such as level of competition, suitability of your business, and quality of your bid. However, tender evaluation is a very fair process, so if you can meet the buyer’s requirements – you have a chance to win. To increase your chances of success, read our article ‘How to best prepare to win a tender’.

The public sector must follow certain rules when they have a procurement need. They must announce these contracts publicly and invite businesses to bid for them if they are worth more than €140,000.

Tenders Direct can help you grow your business by providing you with a range of services to help you access tenders and win more work with the public sector.  

  1. Receive personalised tender notifications by email, based on your business profile and preferences.  
  2. Get up to 18 months prior notice of contract renewals with Advance Tender Alerts. 
  3. Track your competitors’ activities and performance with Competitor Tracker. 
  4. Link Tenders Direct with your business applications, such as Salesforce, HubSpot, Zapier, and more, to effortlessly export tender details and build opportunity pipelines. 
  5. Learn how to write high-quality and engaging bids through our bid writing training courses. 
  6. Get resourcing support from our consultants to help you create compelling bids for on-time submission.