e-Procurement: New open source tool to manage the e-submission of tenders
Post-award tools, e.g. for e-Ordering and e-Invoicing, have already been successfully developed and implemented inside the European Commission for some time.
With the latest development of an e-Submission solution, e-PRIOR now also provides a solution for the pre-award cycle. The new release includes tools allowing economic operators to prepare and submit tenders for a published call for tender, and contracting authorities to receive and handle such electronic tenders.
The system, which is available to Public administrations for free, can be integrated with any e-Access solution that the contracting authority uses to publish the call for tender, provided that it complies with the specifications of the interface. The e-Submission solution is currently being adapted for other types of procedures, i.e. two-step procedures such as restricted and negotiated procedures, and calls for an expression of interest. The long-term goal of e-PRIOR is to provide an end-to-end e-procurement solution.
Any interested party can contribute to the e-PRIOR project by building other components and customising the platform for any specific needs. The Belgian federal government will start using the e-Invoicing module from this year on.
All e-PRIOR modules can be downloaded at https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/openeprior/release/all.