The EU has decided to undertake a thorough rethinking of the public procurement process with procurement digitalisation. This goes beyond simply moving to electronic tools; it rethinks various pre-award and post-award phases with the aim to make them simpler for businesses to participate in and for the public sector to manage. It also allows for the integration of data-based approaches at various stages of the procurement process.
With digital tools, public spending should become more transparent, evidence-oriented, optimised, streamlined and integrated with market conditions. This puts e-procurement at the heart of other changes introduced to public procurement in new EU directives.
The use of electronic tools in public procurement offers a range of important benefits such as:
The new rules on e-procurement in the EU will be gradually introduced:
On 16 April 2014, the E-Invoicing Directive 2014/55/EU was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
On 26 February 2014, the Classical Sector Directive 2014/24/EU was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. The deadline for EU countries to transpose the directive is 18 April 2016. EU countries may postpone the application of the provisions on e-submission until 18 October 2018 however.
On 26 June 2013, the European Commission adopted a Communication on 'End-to-end e-procurement to modernise public administration'.
On 20 April 2012, the Commission adopted a Communication on 'A strategy for e-procurement'.
On 18 October 2010, the Commission released a Green Paper on 'expanding the use of e-procurement in the EU'.