The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and also the Open Contracting Partnership are actually joining forces to enhance the quality as well as transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU funds in Greece and Poland. Because of the support of theirs, two pilot projects will provide expertise as well as hands-on support to public authorities in each of those countries, with a concentration on digital innovation.
By marketing the smart usage of open information and invention, the two pilots should help public administrations to much better plan, apply and keep an eye on the procurement of is effective, services and goods. This would improve the use of public resources as well as increase opportunities for businesses, especially for little and medium businesses (SMEs). Additionally, thanks to a cooperation with neighborhood civil society organisations, this initiative will even favour transparency of public investing and also stimulate citizens’ participation in the monitoring of investments with a direct effect on the community, such as investments in sustainability, social inclusion and local development.
The two pilot projects
In Greece, the task is going to aim at consolidating as well as integrating all databases into an individual smart public contract register. This will make it possible for internet access for bidders and citizens, enhance quality of facts and facilitate the use of data-driven analytical resources for monitoring the procurement process.
In Poland, the first step will help support Polish local and national authorities to add open data in public procurement and promote automated consolidation, standardisation, and collection of procurement information on all tenders.
The two pilots are going to run until the conclusion of 2021 and the results of theirs will be disseminated with the purpose to ensure a booming roll out in some other Member States.
Commissioner for Reforms and Cohesion, Elisa Ferreira, said: “In the programming period 2021 2027, Cohesion policy will continue to help Member States as well as regions in the economic recovery of theirs following the coronavirus pandemic, as well as improving competitiveness through brand new investments in innovation and study, digital transition and the implementation of the European Greenish Deal agenda. Through the use of brand new technologies, national as well as local public authorities managing EU money will be able to spend public money more effectively ensuring the very best outcomes for citizens and businesses”.
Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Transparency inside public procurement is vital to ensure efficiency of public investments, in line using the EU strategic policy objectives aiming at a healthier, digital and more resilient Europe. Public authorities are able to rely on the EU’s public procurement framework, resources like the electric procurement systems and open data for a reliable use of public funds.”
The EBRD Vice President, Pierre Heilbronn commented: “The EBRD is sold on support institutional and legal reforms aimed at making sure that procurement laws as well as methods are modern, in keeping with international expectations and also could swiftly respond to emerging challenges. Together with Open Contracting Partnership, we’re sharing the experience of successful civil society procurement monitoring used on open details. The joint work of ours aim to create a framework for enlisting civil woorld organisations to support public procurement reforms and work with open details to watch procurement.”
In the context of the following long-range EU budget, much more than €370 billion out of Cohesion policy money will be invested to support the digital and green transitions of the Member States. Annually, public authorities within the EU invest around fourteen % of GDP on public procurement, amounting to more than €1.9 trillion. Virtually half of Cohesion policy funding is actually channelled through public procurement. The Commission has campaigned for a series of initiatives aimed at helping Member States to improve the way administrations & beneficiaries use public procurement for EU investments. These include the Integrity Pacts to ensure transparent and efficient more tenders and safeguarding EU taxpayers’ cash. The Commission additionally took behavior to facilitate citizen engagement for better governance as well as effective Cohesion policy investments.