Implementing the eProcurement Mandate
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WHY NEW PUBLIC PROCUREMENT DIRECTIVES

Economic, social, and political developments, as well as the current budgetary constraints, have made it necessary to reform the rules.

 

  • Firstly, the focus is on making them simpler and more efficient for public purchasers and companies.

  • Secondly, the aim is to provide the best value for money for public purchases, while respecting the principles of transparency and competition.

Procurement in numbers: EUR 425 billion, or 3.4 % of EU GDP (2011 figures) under European directives.

WHAT WILL CHANGE

Public procurement will become more flexible.

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1. The rules simplify public procurement procedures and make them more flexible

Bidders may prove their suitability, financial status and abilities with self-declarations instead of providing full documentary evidence as previously required. [+]

2. Computerisation of Public Procurement

This new legal framework will imply multiple changes in proceedings concerning all actors playing important roles in achieving its effective transposition and implementation, namely national regulators, public contracting authorities, central purchasing bodies, economic operators, auditing or inspection institutions and providers of electronic services fulfilling all requirements. [+]

3. More room for negotiation

The new Directives follow a “tool box approach” which gives contracting authorities more flexibility, greater options and new routes to procurement. [+]

4. Looking after the environment

  • In the performance of public contracts enterprises have to comply with the applicable environmental obligations stemming from EU, international and national law.
  • An enterprise which does not respect these environmental obligations can be excluded from the tender procedure.
  • The enterprise that has submitted the best tender may be not awarded the contract if the tender does not comply with these environmental obligations.
  • A tender has to be rejected where it is abnormally low in relation to the works, supplies or services because it does not comply with these environmental obligations.

5. Combatting conflicts of interest, favouritism and corruption

  • A new, clearer definition will require Member States to take steps to effectively prevent, identify and correct ‘conflicts of interest’;
  • Anyone attempting to influence a public purchaser or making false statements may be excluded from public procurement procedures;
  • It will be easier to identify cases where a contract could be modified after it is awarded, without a new call for tenders;
  • Finally, public purchasers must reject any bid that comes at an abnormally low price because the company concerned is violating EU or international social, environmental and labour laws.

6. Major strategies to set up public procurement directives

STRATEGY TASKS OF THE GOVERNMENT SETTING UP PROCESS (GSP) COMPLEXITY, COST RISK AND LEGAL LITIGATION POTENTIAL OF GSP REQUIRED INITIAL GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT (IGI) ON E-PLATFORMS IMPORTANCE OF THE REGULATORY ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES FOR INNOVATION AND EFFICIENCY NBR. OF PLATFORMS PROVIDERS (N) INTERACTING WITH EACH ECONOMY OPERATOR (ED)
A- State concession for one private platform provider of ETS R, P, CA Medium Nil Low Nil 1
B- State concession for N private
platform provider of ETS
   B1- in competition R, P, CA Medium Nil Medium Medium N
   B2- for allocated markets R, P, CA Medium Nil Medium Low N
C- Market of platform providers
   C1- certified R, C Low Nil High High N
   C2- non certified R Very Low Nil Very High High N
D- Adquisition by the safe of ETS from a existing private platform provider requiring specific development R, P, CA, D Very High Very High Nil Nil 1
E- Development of an e-platform R, P, CA, D Very High Very High Low Nil 1
Notation Prices Costs
ETS – E-Tendering Services; EO – Economic Operator; In strategies A, B and C, there are prices paid to private platforms providers for their services. Such prices can be:
– fixed by the government;
– controlled by the government (upper and lower bounds);
– uncontrolled and defined by the markets (just rejecting abnormally low prices).
The concept of cost is different from the concept of price, because an entity can paid a certain price but be reimbursed by another. Also, cost is different from IGI which is in one way of cost funding.
For any of these strategies the overall costs can be allocated to Government, Public Contracting Authorities and Economic Operators or, more generally, to each of these groups according to a percentual distribuition.
GSP – Government Settings up Process of e-Public Procurement; D – Development;
P – Procurement Process; R – Specifications of requirements for ETS and the platform providers;
CA – Contract Award; N – Nr. of platform providers;
IGI – Initial Government Investment;
Note 1: E-Tendering services included not just all activities required to implement e-public procurement but also a wide range of tasks to help any user to adapt e-public procurement and to support the process of change management.
Note 2 – National/Regional Portal: Besides ETS, the existence of National/Regional portals is a key strategic component of e-public procurement and they can be offered by public institutions or outsourced to private organizations.
Source: How to set up ePublic Procurement: Major Alternative Governamental Strategies (european VORTAL Academy) . Download here

WHEN WILL CHANGE

CPBs, the front runners for electronic public procurement implementation.

The deadline for the final implementation is rapidly approaching. It’s time to make all the right decisions – including choosing the right partners and identifying the optimum platform:

  • Proven expertise and strong implementation track record.
  • A reliable and stable organisation for a long-term partnership.
  • Availability of a wide range of value-added services to complement the core solution.

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Why modernise public procurement rules now?

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How are the public procurement rules going to be simplified?

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To what extent is cooperation between public entities exempted from the application of the rules?

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Are social and environmental clauses part of EU public procurement rules?

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Is the distinction between the current so-called “A” (“priority”) services and “B” (“non-priority”) services abolished?

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Do the Directives include measures to further guarantee sound public procurement procedures?

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Is the mandatory use of means of electronic communication excessive and too burdensome for SMEs? When will e-procurement come into force?

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When will the new rules come into force?

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Will the new Directives provide for higher thresholds?

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How will local authorities benefit from the new rules?

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Will SMEs take full advantage of the new EU public procurement rules?

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Do the new rules contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy objectives for a greener, more social, innovative and inclusive economy?

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Is the “new simplified regime” simpler than the current regime applicable to the so–called “B” (“non-priority”) services?

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The creation of single national oversight bodies was not accepted by the co-legislators.

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What are the main specific changes brought to the regime applicable to the “utilities” sectors (water, energy, transport and postal services)?

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