Pillar 1 - 1. Towards full e-procurement and use of contract registers

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Support the transition of Member States towards full e-procurement and use of contract registers

Potential of action

As public expenditure on goods, works and services represents 19% of the EU’s GDP, managing it more efficiently can significantly contribute to improving the overall efficiency of public expenditure. The World Bank estimates that e-procurement can trigger savings of 6 to 13.5% of the total public procurement expenditure. The transition to end-to-end e-procurement can generate significant savings and constitutes a growth enabler by opening up the Internal Market and by fostering innovation and simplification. Based on the extrapolation of national evaluations of benefits, the Commission estimates that the adoption of e-invoicing in public procurement across the EU could generate savings of up to 2.3 bn €[1].

Description of action

Transition to full e-procurement will be supported via measures aiming at the uptake of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)[2], e-Certis[3] and e-invoicing, coordinated approach to the development of the national e-procurement systems, with the medium-term objective to achieve once-only principle in public procurement. The measures include policy work in coordination with multi-stakeholder forum, bilateral dialogues and country-specific action plans, provision of funding support via the ESIF and CEF. The Commission is working with the Member States to improve the transparency and quality of national procurement systems through better data, by the establishment of contract registers covering the whole life cycle of contracts and by supporting the development and deployment of a data analytics and anomaly-detection tool to better uncover existing or prospective procurement irregularities.

The objective is that by 2018, companies will be able to bid for public procurement contracts anywhere in the European Union electronically and by 2019 eInvoicing will be accepted by public administrations in the EU.

On 17 October 2017 the European Standard for eInvoicing was published. Member States have until 18 April 2019 to implement the eInvoicing Directive 2014/55/EU.

Main responsible at the European Commission: DG GROW

Target date: 2019 (e-submission as of October 2018 and e-invoicing as of November 2019)

Status: On track

More info (website): http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/public-procurement/e-procurement/index_en.htm


[1] End-to-end e-procurement to modernise public administration, COM(2013) 453 final

[2] Web-based form enabling the economic operators to self-declare that they fulfil the exclusion and selection criteria of a tender. More information can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/public-procurement/e-procurement/espd/index_en.htm 

[3] Web service that helps public buyers and tenderers identify different certificates requested by Member States in public procurement procedures. The tool can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/ecertis/