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 money in Poland and Greece. Because of the support of theirs, two pilot projects are going to provide expertise as well as hands-on support to public authorities in both places, with a focus on digital innovation.
By marketing the bright usage of open data and development, the 2 pilots can help public administrations to much better plan, implement as well as keep track of the procurement of succeeds, services and goods. It will improve the use of public energy as well as increase opportunities for businesses, particularly for little and medium companies (SMEs). Additionally, thanks to a cooperation with local civil society organisations, this initiative will in addition favour transparency of public spending and also stimulate citizens’ participation in the monitoring of investments with a direct impact on the community, such as investments in sustainability, social inclusion and local progress.
The two pilot projects
In Greece, the task is going to aim at consolidating as well as integrating all databases to a specific wise public contract register. This will enable internet access for bidders and citizens, enhance quality of information and facilitate the usage of data-driven analytical resources for checking the procurement process.
In Poland, the initiative will support Polish local and national authorities to introduce open details in public procurement and increase automated consolidation, standardisation, and collection of procurement information on all the tenders.
The two pilots will run until the conclusion of 2021 and their results will be disseminated with the purpose to guarantee 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 and regions in their economic recovery after coronavirus pandemic, in addition to improving competitiveness through new investments in innovation and research, digital transition and the implementation of the European Light green Deal agenda. Through the usage of brand new technologies, national as well as local public authorities handling EU funds will be able to spend public money more effectively ensuring the absolute best results for businesses” and citizens.
Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Transparency within public procurement is vital to ensure efficiency of public investments, inside series while using the EU strategic policy targets aiming at a healthier, digital and much more resilient Europe. Public authorities can count on the EU’s public procurement framework, tools like the electric procurement devices and open data for a reliable use of public funds.”
The EBRD Vice President, Pierre Heilbronn commented: “The EBRD is actually committed to support institutional and legal reforms aimed at ensuring that procurement laws and methods are actually contemporary, consistent with international expectations as well as could swiftly respond to emerging challenges. Together with Open Contracting Partnership, we are sharing the experience of productive civil society procurement supervising based on open details. Our joint work aim to generate a framework for enlisting civil society organisations to allow for public procurement reforms and use open details to watch procurement.”
In the context of the following long-term EU budget, much more than €370 billion out of Cohesion policy funds will be invested to support the green and digital transitions of the Member States. Each year, public authorities within the EU spend around fourteen % of GDP on public procurement, amounting to much more than €1.9 trillion. Virtually one 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 and beneficiaries use public procurement for EU investments. These include the Integrity Pacts to ensure transparent and efficient more tenders and also safeguarding EU taxpayers’ cash. The Commission also had taken action to facilitate citizen engagement for much better governance as well as effective Cohesion policy investments.