This section includes studies, data and expert groups related to public procurement in the EU.
The public procurement studies below were drafted or commissioned by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (formerly the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry and the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services). Some studies from other Directorate-Generals are also included.
The Commission Government Experts' Group on Public Procurement (EXPP) was established to advise the Commission on public procurement policy. It is composed of government representatives from all EU countries. Representatives come from a range of government bodies, including ministries of economy or finance, public procurement agencies and competition authorities. The Group's task is to assist the Commission in the definition and development of the public procurement policy for the Internal Market, including its international dimension. It complements the Advisory Committee for Public Contracts, the committee procedure body in this field.
The Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement was established by the Commission Decision of 3 September 2011. The task of the group is to provide the Commission with high-quality legal, economic, technical and/or practical insight and expertise to assist it in shaping the EU's public procurement policy. It consists of 20 members, chosen either in their personal capacity (acting independently and in the public interest) or as individuals appointed to represent common interests relevant to procurement or organisations. The first 3-year term of the group came to an end in July 2015 and the first meeting of the newly formed group will take place on 14 September 2015 in Brussels. The group is expected to meet at least twice a year. Agendas and summaries will be published on the dedicated website.
The Multi-Stakeholders Expert Group on eProcurement (EXEP) was based on the Commission communication on "End-to-end e-procurement to modernise public administration". The group's work focuses on the core issues necessary for a successful transition to e-procurement. The group has delivered several reports.
The European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing (EMSFEI) brings together stakeholders from national e-invoicing forums and from the user side of the market. Its objective is to help pave the way for a broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing at national and EU-level. The Forum creates a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and best practice across borders. It also discusses issues of common interest and may issue recommendations to the Commission.
The Expert Group on Defence and Security Procurement supports the application and implementation of Directive 2009/81/EC on the award of works, supply and service contracts in the fields of defence and security into EU countries' law.
This group provides advice on the possible enhancement of small and medium-sized enterprises' (SMEs) participation in the big defence and security public contracts supply chain.
The Network of First Instance Review Bodies on Public Procurement was established in 2017 to strengthen cooperation between national review bodies in the EU. The group’s task is to advise the European Commission on matters related to the implementation of the Remedies Directives and the functioning of the national remedies systems. As part of the Single Market Strategy, the European Commission encourages first instance review bodies to cooperate to improve the exchange of information and good practice. The evaluation report on the effectiveness of the Remedies Directives and the detailed staff working document accompanying it also paved the way for a new, more comprehensive and proactive European Commission strategy in this area. The evaluation identified certain shortcomings in some aspects of how the remedies directives function. This network was created to address them.