EU projects related to e-procurement include e-SENS, the Connecting Europe Facility, the Internal Market Information System for Public Administrations and e-PRIOR.
e-SENS (Electronic Simple European Networked Services) is a large-scale project for developing the European Digital Market through innovative ICT solutions. Within its e-tendering pilot, it will enable cross-border electronic procurement procedures in the EU.
The digital economy can expand markets and foster more and better services, offer greater choice and create jobs. Bringing down the barriers holding back the EU digital single market could contribute an additional EUR 415 billion to EU GDP. The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) supports trans-European networks and infrastructure in transport, telecommunications and energy.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has a portion of its budget (EUR 970 million) dedicated to Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) for delivering networked cross-border services for citizens, businesses and public administrations, including some for e-procurement.
On 20 April 2015, the European Commission launched a pilot project to use the Internal Market Information (IMI) system to help public authorities from one EU country verify the information and documentation provided by procurement companies established in another EU country. Once registered in the system and depending on the national organisation of the use of IMI, national public authorities can:
Open e-PRIOR is an open-source e-procurement platform that allows practical implementation of interoperable electronic services within any public administration. It plays the role of intermediary between the back-office applications of the public administration and the Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine (PEPPOL) interoperability initiative. Currently, e-PRIOR covers both pre-award and post-award. For example, public administrations and private entities from two different countries can exchange e-invoices using the e-PRIOR infrastructure.