The Commission invites comments on the Community Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) at present under development. The vocabulary is intended to make it easier for firms to understand and choose between the different contracts put out to tender by public authorities and by water, energy and transport and telecommunications bodies. It would also facilitate the translation of tender notices and their publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities. The vocabulary, which is an extension of the Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), is based on an analysis of a large number of invitations to tender published in the Official Journal, and on consultation with European-level trade associations. Before it finalizes the vocabulary, the Commission would hope to be able to consider suggestions put forward by potential users, and in particular by small businesses. The first CPV version is in English. The other eight language versions of this vocabulary will be available shortly.