The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and also the Open Contracting Partnership are joining forces to boost the quality as well as transparency of public tenders co funded by EU funds in Poland and Greece. Because of their support, 2 pilot projects will provide expertise as well as hands-on support to public authorities in each of those places, with a concentration on digital innovation.
By promoting the bright use of innovation and open data, the 2 pilots should help public administrations to much better plan, apply and keep an eye on the procurement of works, services and goods. This will better the use of public resources and improve opportunities for businesses, especially for small and medium organizations (SMEs). Additionally, thanks to a cooperation with neighborhood civil society organisations, this initiative will even favour transparency of public spending and also stimulate citizens’ participation within the monitoring of investments with a direct effect on the community, for example investments in sustainability, local growth and social inclusion.
The 2 pilot projects
In Greece, the task is going to aim at consolidating and integrating all databases into a single smart public contract register. This will enable online access for bidders and citizens, enhance quality of information and facilitate the usage of data driven analytical resources for monitoring the procurement process.
In Poland, the initiative will help support Polish local and national authorities to bring in open details in public procurement and increase automated collection, standardisation, and consolidation of procurement details on almost all tenders.
The two pilots will run until the end of 2021 and the results of theirs will be disseminated in order to guarantee a prosperous roll out in 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 research and innovation, the implementation and digital transition of the European Dark green Deal agenda. Through the usage of new technologies, national as well as local public authorities managing EU funds will be able to spend public money more effectively ensuring the very best results for citizens and businesses”.
Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Transparency inside public procurement is vital to ensure performance of public investments, inside series while using the EU strategic policy goals aiming at a greener, digital plus more resilient Europe. Public authorities can count on the EU’s public procurement framework, resources like the electronic procurement systems and open data for an efficient use of public funds.”
The EBRD Vice President, Pierre Heilbronn commented: “The EBRD is sold on support legal and institutional reforms aimed at seeing to it that procurement laws and practices are modern, consistent with international criteria and could swiftly react to emerging challenges. Together with Open Contracting Partnership, we’re sharing the experience of successful civil society procurement monitoring based on open details. Our joint work wish to generate a framework for enlisting civil woorld organisations to support public procurement reforms and make use of open data to watch procurement.”
In the context of the next long-term EU budget, more compared to €370 billion from Cohesion policy funds will be invested to help the digital and green transitions of the Member States. Each year, public authorities within the EU spend about 14 % of GDP on public procurement, amounting to much more than €1.9 trillion. Virtually fifty percent of Cohesion policy funding is actually channelled through public procurement. The Commission has promoted a series of initiatives aimed at helping Member States to boost the way administrations & beneficiaries work with public procurement for EU investments. These include things like the Integrity Pacts to make sure more efficient and transparent tenders as well as safeguarding EU taxpayers’ cash. The Commission likewise took activity to facilitate citizen engagement for better governance and effective Cohesion policy investments.