The European XFEL GmbH is a public-equivalent body and therefore subject to special legal regulations concerning the award of contracts and placement of purchase orders. This includes e.g. the VOB ("Verdingungsordnung für Bauleistungen“, regulations for civil construction contracts), the VOF (“Verdingungsordnung für freiberufliche Leistungen“, regulations for freelance and professional services contracts) and the VOL (“Vergabe- und Vertragsordnung für Leistungen“, regulations on contract awards for public supplies and services), as well as other conditions and requirements.
The award of contracts and placement of purchase orders fall under the responsibility of the Procurement Group and the contract volume is up to 100 million EUR per year.
European-wide calls for tender by the European XFEL GmbH are also published in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union.