Joint procurement procedures
1. The contracting authority may authorise other contracting authorities to conduct a procurement procedure on its behalf. However, this authorisation may not result in the avoidance of the rules to be applied to the authorising contracting authority according to this Act.
2. A public contract may be realized jointly by several contracting authorities who may choose and authorise one of them to conduct the procurement procedure.
3. In the cases pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2, the contract notice launching the procedure shall state that the contracting authority conducts the procedure (also) on behalf of other contracting authority (authorities).
4. For the purposes of paragraphs 1 and 2, if the entire procurement procedure is conducted jointly, on behalf of all the contracting authorities concerned, the contracting authorities shall be jointly responsible for fulfilling their oblligations set out by this Act. If the procurement procedure is not conducted in its entirety on behalf of all the contracting authorities concerned, contracting authorities shalltake joint responsibility only for those elements of the public procurement, which are carried out jointly. Each contracting authority shall have sole responsibility for fulfilling his oblligations set out by this Act with respect to the elements of the procurement procedure carried out on his behalf. (This paragraph entered into force on 1 January 2017.)