Many EU countries use electronic procurement (eProcurement) to make bidding for
public sector contracts simpler and more efficient. However, these solutions are
often implemented at national level only, withlimited coordination cross-borders.
The European Commission’s pilot project PEPPOL (Pan-European Public
Procurement Online) has recently successfully completed its first year of activities
towards making electronic communication between companies and government
bodies possible for all procurement processes in the EU.
PEPPOL will enable the
connection of existing national systems, which is essential toallow businesses to bid
for public sector contracts anywhere in the EU: an important step towards achieving
the Single European Market.