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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Information, Services, Telecommunications

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Local and Regional authorities

Regions: European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for:  Foster a single market for public procurement by the successful implementation of eProcurement DSI
Main beneficiaries: public or private entities

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Foster a single market for public procurement by the successful implementation of eProcurement DSI
Main beneficiaries: public or private entities

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Objectives
* Foster a single market for public procurement by the successful implementation of eProcurement digital service infrastructures (DSI)

Priorities
* Lot 1 Implementation of contract registers:
– Achieve further transparency by updating existing contract registers to provide more structured information about procurement procedures 

* Lot 2 Implementation of solutions interconnecting national notice publication portals and TED:
– Update publication solutions to make it easier for companies, in particular SMEs, to find potential business opportunities abroad

* Lot 3 Implementation or update of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) service:
– Facilitate SMEs’ participation in public procurement procedures by providing or updating an existing ESPD service that should connect to national databases

* Lot 4 Implementation of the eTendering interface:
–  Open up eTendering services to allow SMEs to use compatible clients for accessing and submitting proposals, to facilitate their participation in public procurement procedures

Among financed actions
* Lot 1 Implementation of contract register – 1 or both of the actions below should be adressed: 
– Connect the contract register with Tenders Electronics Daily (TED) to ensure interoperability. This can be done either directly by the contract register becoming a qualified e-Sender , or indirectly by sending notices to another qualified e-Sender; 
– Increase the scope of governance-relevant data not covered by the EU Directives in at least one of the following areas:
> Procurement data for contracts not covered by the EU public procurement directives (e.g. below-threshold procurement). This information must be structured using a (simplified) version of the latest TED standard forms;
> Contract implementation phase data (i.e. the total contract payments, the date of completion of the contract and any other relevant information). Information on payments must be processed using the eInvoicing standard

* Lot 2 Implementation of solutions interconnecting national notice publication portals and TED:
– Republish TED notices at national level to widen visibility for companies and actions to facilitate exchange of notices between national, regional and local publication portals as well as enable the publication of below-threshold procurement notices on TED

* Lot 3 Implementation or update of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) service:
– An ESPD compatible service can be either implemented to the latest ESPD Exchange Data Model (EDM), or by reusing the ESPD/VCD (Virtual Company Dossier) open source framework, provided as a deliverable by the ESPDint project;
– Update the existing ESPD service to the latest ESPD Exchange Data Model (EDM), by interconnecting it with existing national databases, or by providing cross-border direct and free access to public authorities in other countries

* Lot 4 Implementation of the eTendering interface:
– If the deployment of eDelivery is included in the proposal, support will be given to activities aiming to:
> Deploy Access Point(s); 
> Deploy Service Metadata Publisher(s);
> Upgrade data exchange solutions (such as Commercial Off-the-Shelf – COTS, OpenSource Software – OSS, and other) to support and duly comply with the CEF eDelivery standards, e.g. adding or configuring functionality to the data exchange solution to support the CEF eDelivery standards (encryption algorithm, four-corner model support, support of dynamic discovery, etc.). This activity may include interoperability testing with other vendors

Additional information
* This is a n open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the project: 18 months

* Eligibility
– Be a consortium of at least 2 public or private entities; 
– The consortium must be based one or more Member Stes and/or EEA countries participating in the CEF Telecom programme