E-procurement and the use of electronic communications by governments when buying supplies and services or tendering public works, can deliver significant savings. The Commission is therefore announcing a series of measures to boost the take-up of e-procurement.<br/>
Firstly, the Commission is issuing a call for applications for participation in a new, informal expert group on e-tendering. Secondly, it is starting to monitor the use of e-procurement across Member States, in order to promote best practices. Thirdly, it is publishing the responses to the e-procurement Green Paper which reveal considerable support for making the use of e-procurement compulsory in the EU.
The aim of these measures is to help Member States to accelerate the switchover to e-procurement, and to enable suppliers to take part in online procurement procedures across the single market.
E-procurement implies more than just changing from paper-based procurement systems to ones using electronic communications. It has the potential to streamline and accelerate public purchasing, benefiting both purchasers and suppliers – and the European taxpayer along the way. It will lead to more efficient procurement administration, resulting in cost and time savings.