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Sustainable public procurement

Procurement is an important instrument in achieving socio-political objectives. Incorporating environmental considerations and social considerations into procurement practices contributes to sustainable development and to achieving Sweden’s national environmental-quality objectives.

Contracting authorities have substantial leeway in imposing far-reaching requirements on what goods or services are being contracted – but not from whom. The National Agency of Public Procurement is also of the assessment that requirements can go beyond those stipulated in EU harmonised legislation. 

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Sustainability requirements

Find all of the requirements in the criteria database, including associated information.