1. In the restricted procedure, the time limit for participation may not be shorter than a period of thirty days from the day of dispatch of the invitation to participate or the day of sending of the direct invitation to participate.
2. Exceptionally, in duly justified and urgent cases, if the times limits specified in paragraph 1 could not be met, the contracting authority shall have the right to set a shorter time limit for participation than the time limit according to paragraph 1, but it may not be less than fifteen days from the date of dispatch of the invitation to participate or the day of sending of the direct invitation to participate (accelerated procedure). The reason for the use of the accelerated procedure shall be stated in the notice launching the procedure.
3. If the participation stage is successful, the contracting authority shall send not later than five business days after notifying the candidates of the results the invitation to tender, at the same time, to all suitable candidates or, in the case of setting of a range to selected candidates.
4. If the number of the candidates qualified as suitable is lower than the lowest number in the range, the contracting authority shall continue the procedure by inviting to tender the candidates that qualify as suitable. Candidates invited to tender may not submit joint tenders.