Commission launches survey to assess up-take and experience of Public eProcurement

October 30, 2008  |  Uncategorized

Electronic Public Procurement: the European Commission has launched an online survey to assess up-take and experience of practitioners. The survey will remain open until 18 December 2008.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services has commissioned Ernst & Young to conduct an evaluation of the effective up-take of electronic public procurement (“eProcurement”) across the EU.

In particular, the evaluation will assess how well the objectives of the “Action plan for the implementation of the legal framework for electronic public procurement” (the so-called Action Plan for eProcurement), adopted by the European Commission in December 2004, have been achieved.

In this context, an online survey, available in English, French and German has been launched on 23 October 2008. It is aimed at four different categories of specific users:

1.  Suppliers who may have conducted business with public purchasers in a traditional and/ or an eProcurement procedure.

2.  Contracting authorities/entities which may have awarded works, supplies or services contracts via traditional and/or eProcurement procedures.

3.  Central Purchasing Bodies, i.e. specialised procurement entities which centralise or co-ordinate the purchase of works, supplies or services for one or more contracting authorities/entities at national, regional, local or vertical levels. As such, they may have awarded works, supplies or services contracts via traditional and/or eProcurement procedures.

4. Member State institutions responsible for public procurement policy, or related technical or legal aspects.

eProcurement is a complex and technical issue. In order to obtain the necessary information, essential for a comprehensive evaluation of the various issues, the questions asked cover a fairly wide range of topics. To facilitate responses, structured answers have been provided wherever possible (i.e. tick boxes) and free text answers have been kept to a minimum. However, respondents are also invited to provide any additional comments at the end of the questionnaire. Such free text contributions would be particularly valuable and can be made in any EU language. Equally, where an exact response to a question would involve extensive research, it is better to provide a best estimate rather than no answer at all.

The results of this survey will be collected in a report, which will be made available during the second half of 2009. All respondents to the questionnaire will receive a summary of the results.

Those interested in participating in this survey are invited to send an email to [email protected] and they will receive a logon identity and password. For technical reasons, it is not possible to provide a direct link to the survey without loosing some of the more “user friendly” aspects of the application (most importantly the ability to save as the respondent moves from page to page, allowing a questionnaire to be completed at one’s convenience, or by several users, rather than in one sitting).


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