Doing business with the Ministry

The Netherlands is represented in a large number of countries and in many international organizations, and this is reflected in an extensive network of embassies, permanent representations and consulates-general.

European award procedure

As a government organization, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs adheres to the European public procurement directives and the Public Procurement Act 2012.

These directives relate to the procedures to be followed by the government in contract award procedures, the financial volume exceeds certain thresholds. At present, the threshold for the central government is € 130.000, - (ex. VAT) for supplies and services.

Contract notices for European award procedures are published on the TenderNed website.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs generally applies three sets of purchasing conditions: ARVODI, ARIV and ARBIT.