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In the past few years, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) have become established worldwide as an instrument for the realisation of public infrastructure. PPP enable public authorities to implement necessary projects quickly and to take advantage of the efficiency benefits of private partners. The procurement alternative PPP has already been used several times in the federal highway sector.

VIFG has been involved in this sector since the development of the first projects in the federal highway construction and performs various tasks, among other things in compiling economic feasibility studies, the award procedure, and the PPP competence centre for transport infrastructure at the federal level. For more information on the involvement of VIFG in PPP projects in federal highway construction please see service centre profitability and projects.

Below we present the main PPP issues and projects in German transport infrastructure that the VIFG, as the PPP competence centre, focuses on.

What does PPP stand for?

PPP stands for "Public Private Partnership" and refers to a long-term, contractually governed cooperation between a contracting authority and a private contractor. The term partnership expresses an agreement on cooperation between the two parties – extending beyond the purely contractual relationship.

In Germany, PPPs are used in different sectors at all levels of government. In addition to the "classic" sectors of civil engineering and construction - for example roads, schools, hospitals etc. – these days it also includes sectors like the IT sector. PPP procurement is used all over the world.