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Procure Project

Synergies between interoperable e-procurement platforms at the European level are the main issues addressed by the Procure project. The original experiment of user-friendly multifunction virtual public marketplaces thought for the local authorities and enterprises.

PROCURE project aims at enabling the dissemination of the e-tendering platform used in Burgundy in others European regions, in order to create a first interregional network of shared e-procurement platforms. By strengthening access to information and making possible direct e-tendering and e-bidding, these interregional shared platforms would simplify both the work of persons in charge of public procurement and local economic operators (especially SMEs) with public bodies. PROCURE project has for primary objective to adapt, develop and deploy the existing Burgundy public procurement dematerialization service (www.e-bourgogne.fr). In the context of a nationwide experiment carried out at regional level, French State entrusted the Burgundy region, in partnership with the Deposit Office, to carry out the national trial of a platform designed in the long term to carry services provided by all bodies in charge of public service assignments in Burgundy. Since January 2005, a first version of this platform has provided a public procurement dematerialization service which is used by more than 900 public bodies in Burgundy. This service, carried out under GPL license (Free & Open Source Software), covers a wide range of functions, including the publication of consultation files, electronic receipt of tenders, dematerialized convening of market commission, alert services for new consultations for businesses, etc. New functions are currently being designed and tested (dematerialization of market commission executions, trade indicator monitoring, etc.). The service has been a great success with businesses. So far, more than 10.000 businesses (most of them small and middle-sized businesses) have used it, generating a total of nearly 170.000 downloads (20.000 consultation files have been published since the 1st of January 2005), and more than 6.000 electronic tenders. Areas of deployment Assuming its pioneering role, experience and a strong will to share best practices, Burgundy with its industrial partners have decided to spread the e-procurement solution through Europe. Co- financed by the Commission within the eTEN Program, the service is currently being tested in Brittany and Guadeloupe (France) and in the Central Bohemia region (Czech Republic). In addition, as the objective is not only to bring more enterprises to the public markets but as well to propose a global e-procurement service, a logical bus is set up between European portal and the local e-procurement solutions in Uddevalla (Sweden) and Piedmont (Italy). PROCURE can play a significant role in fostering: - European market maturity to adopt and deploy in a large scale a shared e-procurement solution - Ways to tackle e-signature acknowledgement between MS and to increase public procurement between MS - Ways to deploy e-procurement and more broadly e-government services in LAs and to gather LAs around a shared tool - Ways to deploy e-procurement in companies (especially SMEs) using innovative tools (e-learning for instance) - Ways to encourage cooperation between MS public buyers and encourage standardization of procurement processes (even below EU thresholds) in the MS There are several opportunities of legal evolutions beyond the PROCURE project as: - To enable cross-border e-signature - To ease cross-border in standardizing processes - To fully complete CE directive transposition

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eProcurement

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Montenegro, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey