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.

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