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Support tools for public buyers

Support tools for public buyers

e-Competence Centre: tools and information to help public buyers get value for money and better policy outcomes for citizens.

Public procurement reform

Public procurement reform

By 18 April 2016, EU countries had to transpose 3 new directives into national law - on public procurement, on the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and on concession contracts.
European single procurement document (ESPD) and e-Certis

European single procurement document (ESPD) and e-Certis

ESPD and e-Certis are part of the transition to e-procurement, reducing administrative burden and simplifying access to cross-border tendering.


  • ensure wider uptake of innovative, green, and social procurement
  • professionalise public buyers
  • increase access to procurement markets
  • improve transparency, integrity and data
  • boost the digital transformation of procurement
  • promote that authorities are buying together


Every year, over 250,000 public authorities in the EU spend around 14% of GDP on the purchase of services, works and supplies.

Public procurement refers to the process by which public authorities, such as government departments or local authorities, purchase work, goods or services from companies. 

To create a level playing field for all businesses across Europe, EU law sets out minimum harmonised public procurement rules. 

More information on European public procurement