E-library to spread public procurement best practice

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
25 September 2017

The European Commission (EC) is developing a tool to help spread best practice in public procurement.

The tool will include an e-library of projects showcasing best practice from across European Union member states.

“Efficient public procurement is a challenge to many member states – irregularities and lengthy procedures, as well as limited administrative capacity are some examples of the problems encountered,” said the EC. “Yet individual countries and their administrations have developed solutions to many common issues.”

The tool will be presented at the European Week of Regions and Cities conference in Brussels in October, where three different projects will be showcased.

One project covers standardised tender documents and Luxembourg’s IT solution for generating tender documents automatically. Skills and competency frameworks are covered by a Croatian training scheme, while lifecycle costs will be explored through the Swedish experience and approach.

“Sharing of good practices in the area of public procurement is expected to yield a number of tangible benefits for those involved in the process (contracting authorities, economic operators): improved efficiency and effectiveness, better value for money and less administrative burden are only some of them,” said the EC.

The tool is part of the EC’s Action Plan on Public Procurement, which aims to raise standards in the period 2014-20.

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