Consultation on the Green Paper on expanding the use of e-Procurement in the EU

Policy field(s)
Internal market

Target group(s)
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from Member States, large procurement agencies and contracting authorities, ICT industry, procurement specialists in the private and public sector and representatives of business trade associations.

Period of consultation
From 18.10.2010 to 31.01.2011

Objective of the consultation

The Green paper invites comments on how the EU can help Member States to:

  • fully exploit e-procurement’s potential to simplify and improve public purchasing;
  • accelerate the switch-over by providing the right mix of legislative incentives and tools;
  • allow operators from other Member States to participate in on-line procurement procedures.

E-procurement refers to the use of electronic communications and transaction processing by government institutions and other public sector organisations when buying supplies and services or tendering public works. The introduction of e-procurement can increase the accessibility, transparency and efficiency of public procurement procedures and strengthen competition for government contracts. The switch-over to e-procurement is an integral part of the e-government agenda for transforming public administration across Europe. The Commission’s “Digital Agenda for Europe” foresees the adoption in 2011 of a Commission White Paper which will “define concrete steps that could inter-connect e-procurement capacity across the single market”. This Green Paper constitutes a first step towards the definition of an ambitious but realistic programme of concrete actions.

As part of this consultation process DG Markt will host a public hearing on “Facilitating e-procurement: what can/should the EU do?” in Brussels on 25 November 2010, bringing together all those interested in making the best use of IT to re-model and improve the efficiency of public procurement.

How to submit your contributionn

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the consultation document

Related Documents

Open Hearing in Brussels on 25.11.2010 on Facilitating e-procurement: what can/should the EU do?

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Reference documents

Contact details
Responsible service: Unit C4 – Economic Dimension of Public Procurement; E-Procurement
E-mail: Markt-C4@ec.europa.eu
Postal address:
European Commission, DG Internal Market and Services
Rue Joseph II 59
1049 Brussels

Number of answers received

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Results of consultation and next steps
The results of this work will contribute to the development of the EU’s policy in the area of e-Procurement.

Last update: 29.07.2011