The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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

By promoting the smart usage of invention and open data, the 2 pilots will help public administrations to better plan, implement and keep an eye on the procurement of succeeds, goods and services. This will improve the use of public energy as well as improve opportunities for companies, especially for tiny and medium organizations (SMEs). Moreover, thanks to a cooperation with neighborhood civil society organisations, this particular initiative will even favour transparency of public investing and stimulate citizens’ participation within the monitoring of investments with a direct effect on the town, for example investments in sustainability, social inclusion and local development.

The 2 pilot projects

In Greece, the project will aim at consolidating as well as integrating all databases to an individual wise public contract register. This will allow internet access for bidders and citizens, enhance quality of data and facilitate the usage of data-driven analytical resources for observing the procurement process.
In Poland, the first step will help support Polish local and national authorities to introduce open data in public procurement and promote automated consolidation, standardisation, and collection of procurement data on every tenders.
The 2 pilots will run until the conclusion of 2021 and their results will be disseminated with the purpose to guarantee a booming roll out in other Member States.

Commissioner for Reforms and Cohesion, Elisa Ferreira, said: “In the programming phase 2021 2027, Cohesion policy will will begin to help Member States and regions in their economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to improving competitiveness through new investments in innovation and research, digital transition and also the implementation of the European Green colored Deal agenda. Through the usage of new technologies, national and local public authorities managing EU funds will be able to spend public money more effectively ensuring the very best outcomes for businesses” and citizens.

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Transparency in public procurement is actually crucial to ensure effectiveness of public investments, in line using the EU strategic policy goals aiming at a better, digital plus more resilient Europe. Public authorities are able to depend on the EU’s public procurement framework, resources like the electric procurement devices as well as open details for a reliable use of public funds.”

The EBRD Vice-President, Pierre Heilbronn commented: “The EBRD is committed to help legal and institutional reforms aimed at making sure that procurement laws as well as practices are actually modern, in keeping with international criteria and could swiftly interact to emerging challenges. Together with Open Contracting Partnership, we are sharing the experience of successful civil society procurement supervising based on open data. Our joint efforts intend to develop a framework for enlisting civil woorld organisations to support public procurement reforms and use open data to monitor procurement.”

Background

In the context of the following long-range EU budget, more than €370 billion coming from Cohesion policy money will be invested to help the green and digital transitions on the Member States. Each year, public authorities in the EU spend about 14 % of GDP on public procurement, amounting to much more than €1.9 trillion. Virtually half of Cohesion policy funding is channelled through 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 make sure more efficient and transparent tenders and also safeguarding EU taxpayers’ cash. The Commission also had taken behavior to facilitate citizen engagement for better governance as well as effective Cohesion policy investments.