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Integrating EU eProcurement infrastructure

When is this action of interest to you?

You are a procurement agency, or the manager of an eProcurement operation, or a responsible officer with a national or European policy-making body in the domain of eProcurement. You need business data on the functioning of eProcurement systems to make your business decisions. This action will create the conditions for you to receive the information you need by defining performance indicators for eProcurement and a methodology to gather standardized eProcurement performance data produced by different eProcurement systems across the EU.

What is this action about?

eProcurement is the process of handling government purchasing using electronic communication and processing. Implementing these electronic processes has proven to be very challenging for a range of technical, resource, and change-management reasons.

Moreover, monitoring of the EU eProcurement marketplace shows that uncoordinated deployments are proliferating. However, local eProcurement actions are often neither interconnected nor interoperable. This leads to wheel reinvention, wasting scarce resources, delaying take-up and working against cross-border procurement.

Therefore, strong EU leadership in this area is needed to support the conversion to eProcurement and to avoid the development of functionally different eProcurement systems across the EU that would otherwise create new barriers to cross-border procurement.

This ISA action will generate a coherent set of information products to support EU-wide cross-border accessibility and interoperability of eProcurement operations.

The information produced will seek to identify bottlenecks to eProcurement take-up, identify common barriers to interoperability and participation in cross-border eProcurement, and promote best-practices.

The action is fully coordinated with ISA work relating to Peppol (Action 1.6) and ePRIOR (Action 1.7).

What are the objectives?

  • generating a coherent set of information products that support EU-wide cross-border accessibility and the interoperability of eProcurement operations;
  • informing EU and national policymakers about the start of mass eProcurement deployment.

What are the benefits?

  • Enabling cross-border access and interoperability by providing support in designing fully EIF-compliant eProcurement operations.
  • Member States’ public administrations
  • Enabling greater capability to monitor eProcurement developments in domestic markets, setting out the conceptual foundation for drawing up policy and plans.
  • Procurement authorities
  • Providing a coherent model and clearer reference for industry to define own strategies.
  • Software industry
  • Complementing and reinforcing actions Commission is carrying out in other eProcurement domains (R&D, policy support action, internal procurement etc.).
  • European Commission services

What is our approach?

The focus of the action is on gathering information through study of the complex and fast-moving eProcurement landscape.

Strategic decisions will be made in collaboration with an Inter-service Steering Group, composed of representatives of the European Commission services involved (DG Internal Market, DG Information Society, and DG Enterprise) and will be submitted to the national experts within the eProcurement Working Group of DG Internal Market for advice.

Project phases:

  • review and mapping of EU eProcurement infrastructure and identification of feasible indicators;
  • implementation of an eProcurement  monitoring system;
  • definition of an EIF-based model for design and set up of pre-award eProcurement operations;
  • study on standardisation requirements.
Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q2/2011 to Q3/2015
  • Parties involved: DG Internal Market, DG Informatics, DG Information Society, DG Enterprise.
  • ISA contribution: EUR 1 000 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 21100

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