Commission and EBRD improve innovative use of data in public procurement involving EU funds

The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  (EBRD) and also the Open Contracting Partnership are joining forces to improve the quality and transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU money in Greece and Poland. Because of the support of theirs, 2 pilot projects will provide expertise as well as hands on support to public authorities in both countries, with a focus on digital innovation.

By promoting the smart use of innovation and open data, the two pilots should help public administrations to better plan, implement as well as monitor the procurement of works, services and goods. It will improve the use of public resources as well as increase opportunities for companies, particularly for small and medium businesses (SMEs). Additionally, because of a cooperation with neighborhood civil society organisations, this particular initiative will even favour transparency of public investing and also stimulate citizens’ participation in the monitoring of investments with an immediate influence on the community, for example investments in sustainability, social inclusion and local progress.

The two pilot projects

In Greece, the task will aim at consolidating and integrating all databases to an individual wise public contract register. This will allow internet access for bidders and citizens, improve quality of facts and facilitate the usage of data-driven analytical tools for observing the procurement process.
In Poland, the initiative will help support Polish national and local authorities to introduce open data in public procurement and promote automated collection, standardisation, and consolidation of procurement data on all tenders.
The two pilots are going to run until the conclusion of 2021 and their outcomes will be disseminated with the purpose to guarantee a booming roll out in some other Member States.

Commissioner for Reforms and Cohesion, Elisa Ferreira, said: “In the programming phase 2021-2027, Cohesion policy will go on to support Member States as well as regions in their economic recovery after coronavirus pandemic, along with improving competitiveness through brand new investments in innovation and study, the implementation and digital transition of the European Green Deal agenda. Through the usage of brand new technologies, national and local public authorities managing EU funds will have the ability to devote public money more efficiently ensuring the best possible outcomes for businesses” and citizens.

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Transparency within public procurement is vital to ensure performance of public investments, inside series while using the EU strategic policy targets aiming at a greener, digital and much more resilient Europe. Public authorities can rely on the EU’s public procurement framework, tools like the electronic procurement devices as well as open details 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 as well as strategies are modern, in line with international standards as well as can swiftly react to emerging challenges. Together with Open Contracting Partnership, we’re sharing the experience of successful civil society procurement monitoring used on open data. The joint work of ours aim to develop a framework for enlisting civil planet organisations to support public procurement reforms and use open details to monitor procurement.”

Background

In the context of the following long-range EU budget, more than €370 billion out of Cohesion policy money will be invested to support the green and digital transitions belonging to the Member States. Yearly, public authorities inside the EU spend around fourteen % of GDP on public procurement, amounting to much more than €1.9 trillion. Nearly 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 enhance the way administrations and beneficiaries use public procurement for EU investments. These include things like the Integrity Pacts to ensure transparent and efficient more tenders as well as safeguarding EU taxpayers’ cash. The Commission additionally took action to facilitate citizen engagement for better governance as well as powerful Cohesion policy investments.