Art. 66. Market consultations

1. Before launching a procurement procedure, contracting authorities may conduct market consultations with a view to preparing the procurement and conducting the relevant procedure and informing economic operators of their procurement plans and requirements thereof.

2. For the purposes under paragraph 1, contracting authorities may acquire advices, relations or other technical documentation from experts, market participants with respect to the provisions established in this Code, or by independent authorities. That documentation may be used in the planning and conduct of the procurement procedure, provided that it does not have the effect of distorting competition and does not result in a violation of the principles of non-discrimination and transparency.