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Supporting cross-border accessibility and interoperability in eProcurement


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Promoting consistent eu e-procurement monitoring and performance

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.
  • Enabling greater capability to monitor eProcurement developments in domestic markets, setting out the conceptual foundation for drawing up policy and plans.
  • Providing a coherent model and clearer reference for industry to define own strategies.
  • Complementing and reinforcing actions Commission is carrying out in other eProcurement domains (R&D, policy support action, internal procurement etc.).

What are the next steps?

With the support of ISA a study was carried out on the uptake of eProcurement and eInvoicing in 2012 and 2013. The study found that while there has been progress to eProcurement, most Member States do not have a system to monitor the uptake of eProcurement in place. The study was distributed to and discussed with the Member States.

Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q2/2011 to Q3/2015
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; DG Informatics; DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 691 000
Want to know more?

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 21100

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