Public Procurement

NOVE engages highly experienced public procurement specialists. Attorney at law Veiko Vaske, specialising in public procurement, was one of the authors of the Public Procurement Act and between 2007 and 2012 served as a member of the Public Procurement Review Committee administering justice in the first instance in public procurement disputes. During this time, he adjudicated more than 200 challenges and requests for compensation for damage. Since 2012 Veiko Vaske has been acting as an attorney specialising in the public procurement practice area, and has been successfully representing clients in public procurement litigation related to different areas, and assisting clients who are contracting entities as well as tenderers in preparing public procurement documents. 

In relation to public procurement we provide assistance to our clients in the following areas:

  • Representation of tenderers in procurement procedures 
  • Preparation of tenders and consultation 
  • Challenging of procurement documents and decisions of contracting entity 
  • Requests for review filed with the Public Procurement Review Committee and litigation, as necessary  
  • Advising contracting entities in preparation of procurement documents and conduct of procurement procedure 
  • Performance, amendment and supervision of public contracts 

Our portfolio includes:

  • Successful representation of SEBE AS in a public procurement dispute related to the procurement of “Organization of Public Bus Transportation on Harju County East 2 Direction Bus Lines” organized by MTÜ Harjumaa Ühistanspordikeskus, where the contracting authority eliminated OÜ ATKO Liinid due to previous significant and persistent breaches of contract. The dispute was taken through both the Public Procurement Review Committee and all court instances (2019)
  • Successful representation of the leading Estonian bus company SEBE AS in the public procurement dispute concerning the public bus line procurement of Pärnu County, organized by Pärnumaa Ühistranspordikeskus, with a value of more than 22 million euros. The dispute went through Procurement Complaints Board and all court levels (2019)
  • Successful representation of the US arms manufacturer Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) in the Public Procurement Complaints Board and Administrative Court Proceedings in connection with the procurement by the State Defense Investment Center for the Defense Forces to purchase new 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm handguns. It is one of the largest public arms procurement projects in Estonia ever (up to a total of EUR 75 million in the framework contract), which, in addition to purchasing weapons, includes accessories, spare parts and maintenance services over a life cycle of at least 20 years (2019)
  • Successful representation of SEBE AS in the public procurement litigation case related to the procurement organised by MTÜ Harjumaa Ühistranspordikeskus: Organisation of Public Regular Carriage of Passengers by Bus on Northbound Bus Routes of Harju County regarding a public regular service contract of Harju County with the value of more than 21 million euros. The dispute was taken through the Public Procurement Review Committee and all court instances (2018)
  • Representation of AS Merko Ehitus Eesti and KMG Inseneriehitus AS in the public procurement litigation case (public procurement of the Ministry of the Environment Design and Construction Work for Recovery of Hazardous Site at Purtse River, Kohtla River and Phenol Swamp (reference number 172886), with the monetary value of approximately 18 MEUR). The dispute was taken through all court instances (except the Supreme Court) (2017)
  • Advising Danpower Eesti AS in several different public procurement procedures (including preparation of procurement documents, and drafting of decisions taken in the procurement procedure, advising on submission of tenders and assisting in the review procedure)
  • Public procurement for the services of Haljala Municipality Government: Preparation of Preliminary Building Design Documentation and Work Project for the Architectural Part of the Building Design Documentation and Conduct of Author Supervision for Haljala School Building (reference number 194492). Preparation of the procurement documents and procurement contract. The value of the contract was 186 000 euros (2017)
  • Advising SA Vaba Lava in the conduct of the public procurement Acquisition of Lighting Equipment for the Theatre Centre Vaba Lava Narvaand public procurement Acquisition of the Stand for the Theatre Centre Vaba Lava Narva (2018)
  • Representing the winner of the procurement for the construction and design of the public procurement of Elering AS construction work of Balticconnector gas pipeline, Design and Construction of Gas Pipeline Kiili – Paldiski DN700 MOP 54 (consortium EG Ehitus AS et al) in contract negotiations, analysis of the draft public contract and proposing modifications (reference number 191431) (2018)
  • Representing the contesting party AS Dieta in litigation related to the procurement for the kitchen equipment of the Estonian National Museum organised by Riigi Kinnisvara AS. The monetary value of the dispute was approximately 500 000 euros (2016)
  • Representing the subsidiary of SEBE AS in the public procurement litigation case: Ordering of Public Regular Carriage of Passengers by Bus in the City of Tartu for the Period 01.07.2017 – 30.06.2027 (with the monetary value of approximately 64 MEUR) (2016)
  • Representing SEBE AS / Eesti Buss OÜ (Mootor Grupp AS companies) parallelly in three public procurement litigation cases concerning Ordering of Public Regular Carriage of Passengers by Bus in the City of Tartu for the Period 01.07.2019 – 30.06.2029 (2017–2018, with the monetary value of approximately 64 MEUR, the disputes were taken through all court instances, except the Supreme Court)
  • Representing Selfdiagnostics OÜ as a tenderer in the public procurement litigation case (public procurement of the National Institute for Health Development, Purchase of Medical Devices: Condoms for Men (Including Extra Strong Condoms and Lubricants), Syringes, Needles and Disinfection PadsUrine Tests and Solution for Infusion (reference number 193025), with the value of approximately 200 000 euros (2018)
  • Representing and advising the Estonian Internet Foundation in litigation related to the purchase of software development service and in respective public procurement supervisory proceedings (2016–2018)


Public procurement team:

Veikko Puolakainen (team leader)
Veiko Vaske
Urmas Volens