Art. 60. Open procedure

1. In open procedures, any interested economic operator may submit a tender in response to a call for competition. The minimum time limit for the receipt of tenders shall be 35 days from the date on which the contract notice was sent. The tender shall be accompanied by the information requested by the contracting authority for qualitative selection.

2. Where contracting authorities have published a prior information notice which was not itself used as a means of calling for competition, the minimum time limit for the receipt of tenders, as laid down in paragraph 1, may be shortened to 15 days, provided that all of the following conditions are fulfilled:

a) the prior information notice includes all the information required for the contract notice in Annex XIV, Part I, letter B, section B1, in so far as that information are available at the time the prior information notice is published;

b) the prior information notice has been sent for publication between 35 days and 12 months before the date on which the contract notice was sent.

2-bis Contracting authorities may further reduce the deadline referred to in paragraph 1 by five days in the case of submission of tenders electronically.

3. Contracting authorities may fix a time limit which shall be not less than 15 days from the date on which the contract notice was sent, where a state of urgency duly substantiated by the contracting authority renders impracticable the time limit laid down in paragraph 1. Contracting authorities may further reduce by five days the time limit set out in paragraph 1 in case tenders may be submitted by electronic means.