The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and also the Open Contracting Partnership are actually joining forces to improve the quality and transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU funds in Greece and Poland. Thanks to the support of theirs, 2 pilot projects will provide expertise and hands on support to public authorities in each of those countries, with a focus on digital innovation.
By promoting the smart use of open information and invention, the 2 pilots will help public administrations to much better plan, implement as well as keep an eye on the procurement of works, goods and services. This would improve the usage of public resources as well as increase opportunities for companies, particularly for small and medium organizations (SMEs). Furthermore, thanks to a cooperation with neighborhood civil society organisations, this particular initiative will in addition favour transparency of public spending as well as stimulate citizens’ participation within the monitoring of investments with a direct influence on the community, such as investments in sustainability, local development and social inclusion.
The 2 pilot projects
In Greece, the task will aim at consolidating and integrating all databases to an individual smart public contract register. This will allow internet access for bidders and citizens, improve quality of facts and facilitate the use of data-driven analytical resources for observing the procurement process.
In Poland, the initiative will support Polish local and national authorities to introduce open data in public procurement and promote automated collection, standardisation, and consolidation of procurement information on all the tenders.
The 2 pilots will run until the conclusion of 2021 and their results will be disseminated in an effort to guarantee a successful roll out in some other Member States.
Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “In the programming period 2021-2027, Cohesion policy will will begin to support Member States as well as regions in the economic recovery of theirs after coronavirus pandemic, in addition to improving competitiveness through brand new investments in research and innovation, digital transition and the implementation of the European Greenish Deal agenda. Through the use of new technologies, national and local public authorities managing EU money will have the ability to spend public money more efficiently ensuring the absolute best outcomes for citizens and businesses”.
Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Transparency inside public procurement is actually crucial to ensure performance of public investments, in line using the EU strategic policy objectives aiming at a better, digital and much more resilient Europe. Public authorities can count on the EU’s public procurement framework, tools like the electronic procurement systems as well as open details for an efficient use of public funds.”
The EBRD Vice President, Pierre Heilbronn commented: “The EBRD is dedicated to support legal and institutional reforms aimed at ensuring that procurement laws and strategies are contemporary, in keeping with international standards and could swiftly respond to emerging challenges. Together with Open Contracting Partnership, we’re sharing the experience of productive civil society procurement monitoring used on open data. The joint efforts of ours intend to generate a framework for enlisting civil society organisations to support public procurement reforms and make use of open details to monitor procurement.”
In the context of the following long-term EU budget, more compared to €370 billion from Cohesion policy money will be invested to help the green and digital transitions of the Member States. Every year, public authorities in the EU invest about fourteen % of GDP on public procurement, amounting to more than €1.9 trillion. Almost fifty percent 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 as well as beneficiaries work with public procurement for EU investments. These include things like the Integrity Pacts to ensure more efficient and transparent tenders as well as safeguarding EU taxpayers’ cash. The Commission additionally had taken behavior to facilitate citizen engagement for much better governance as well as effective Cohesion policy investments.