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No 5 (October 96/Octobre 96/Oktober 96)
A Recommendation urging public authorities and economic operators to use a Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) when drafting public procurement notices has been adopted by the European Commission. The CPV, which attributes a nine digit code to some 6,000 terms commonly used in the procurement process, was published on 3 September in all 11 official EU-languages in the Supplement to the EC Official Journal in order to make the vocabulary widely known.
Publication of procurement notices in the Supplement to the EC Official Journal in all 11 Community languages is an obligation for all procurement contracts falling within the scope of the EC Directives on open, fair and competitive public procurement practices. Publication of these notices is crucial to ensuring would-be tenderers are aware of procurement opportunities in all Member States and so ensures the opening-up of public procurement markets. Use of the standard terms in the CPV will make it easier for potential suppliers of goods and services to understand contract notices and to identify the type of procurement contracts in which they are interested. The CPV will also facilitate fast and accurate translation of contract notices for publication in the EC Official Journal, and make it easier to establish procurement statistics. The CPV will therefore foster transparency and efficiency of public procurement markets in the European Union.
The CPV is an adaption of the CPA (Classification of Products by Activity) nomenclature established by Council Regulation 3696/93/EEC, but is specifically adapted to the procurement process whereas the CPA is a purely statistical nomenclature. The CPV supercedes the General Public Works Nomenclature introduced by Commission Recommendation 91/561/EEC.
Procurement entitites and economic operators have been consulted on the CPV and are invited to make proposals to the Commission to further improve the CPV, which will be revised on a regular basis.
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