The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  (EBRD) and the Open Contracting Partnership are joining forces to enhance the quality as well as transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU funds in Greece and Poland. Thanks to the support of theirs, two pilot projects will provide expertise and hands-on support to public authorities in both places, with a focus on digital innovation.

By marketing the smart use of open information and invention, the two pilots will help public administrations to much better plan, apply as well as monitor the procurement of works, goods and services. It will better the usage of public resources as well as improve opportunities for companies, particularly for little and medium businesses (SMEs). Moreover, thanks to a cooperation with local civil society organisations, this particular initiative will also favour transparency of public spending and stimulate citizens’ participation in the monitoring of investments with a direct impact on the community, like investments in sustainability, social inclusion and local growth.

The two pilot projects

In Greece, the task will aim at consolidating as well as integrating all databases into a specific smart public contract register. This will make it possible for online access for citizens and bidders, enhance quality of data and facilitate the usage of data-driven analytical tools for observing the procurement process.
In Poland, the first step will support Polish local and national authorities to bring in open data in public procurement and promote automated collection, standardisation, and consolidation of procurement data on every tenders.
The 2 pilots will run until the tail end of 2021 and the outcomes of theirs will be disseminated in order to ensure a profitable roll out in some other Member States.

Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “In the programming phase 2021-2027, Cohesion policy will go on to support Member States as well as regions in the economic recovery of theirs following the coronavirus pandemic, along with boosting competitiveness through new investments in investigation and innovation, digital transition and also the implementation of the European Light green Deal agenda. Through the use of new technologies, national and local public authorities managing EU funds will have the ability to devote public money better ensuring the very best results for citizens and businesses”.

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Transparency in public procurement is vital to ensure effectiveness of public investments, in series with the EU strategic policy objectives aiming at a greener, digital and more resilient Europe. Public authorities can rely on the EU’s public procurement framework, tools like the electronic procurement devices and open info for an efficient use of public funds.”

The EBRD Vice President, Pierre Heilbronn commented: “The EBRD is committed to help legal and institutional reforms aimed at making sure that procurement laws and methods are actually contemporary, in keeping with international criteria and can swiftly react to emerging challenges. Together with Open Contracting Partnership, we’re sharing the experience of productive civil society procurement supervising used on open data. Our joint efforts aim to create a framework for enlisting civil planet organisations to allow for public procurement reforms and make use of open details to monitor procurement.”

Background

In the context of the following long-term EU budget, more compared to €370 billion out of Cohesion policy money will be invested to help the digital and green transitions of the Member States. Yearly, public authorities in the EU invest about fourteen % of GDP on public procurement, amounting to more than €1.9 trillion. Almost half of Cohesion policy funding is actually channelled via public procurement. The Commission has campaigned for a series of initiatives aimed at helping Member States to improve the way administrations as well as beneficiaries work with public procurement for EU investments. These include things like the Integrity Pacts to make sure transparent and efficient more tenders and also safeguarding EU taxpayers’ money. The Commission likewise took behavior to facilitate citizen engagement for much better governance as well as effective Cohesion policy investments.