29 October 2008 | Paul Snell
The European Commission (EC) wants to find out what public sector buyers and suppliers think of e-procurement.
The EC has launched a survey inviting public sector buyers, suppliers and civil servants to detail their experiences using and implementing e-procurement.
It aims to give an overview of electronic purchasing in the EU, to identify barriers to uptake and to discover whether the EC's "action plan" for e-procurement, drawn up in 2004, has achieved its targets.
The survey can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and the deadline for responses is 18 December.
Charlie McCreevy, commissioner for internal market, said in a statement: "Well organised electronic procurement can improve the business environment, save businesses' and public purchasers' and taxpayers' money. To make this policy work, we need to know the views and experiences of those at the sharp end - public purchasers, businesses tendering for public contracts, the departments in member states responsible for transposing and implementing EU legislation."
Last month Siim Kallas, commissioner for administrative affairs, audit and anti-fraud, said targets for the use and implementation of e-procurement across the union had already been met (Web news, 30 September).