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Unit 1: Introduction to public procurement

Ref: 2016-1-ES01-KA202-025294

Module 1 - Unit 1 INTRODUCTION Summary: the aim of Unit 1 is to know the basics on public procurement, in relation with 3 different aspects: -Public procurement as a strategic policy -Basic vocabulary on public procurement -Basics on e-procurement Duration of Unit 1: 2,5 hours Learning outcomes: -Understand the strategic policy related to Public Procurement, in order to focus the efforts into these areas

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Module 1 - Unit 1 What is a public contract? It is, above all, a contract. A voluntary agreement between the parties that contains: •An object •A cause •A price It will be "public" where the elements of the contract are public With regard to the parties, there is no need for both parties to be public bodies

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Module 1 - Unit 1 e-Procurement • The EU has decided to undertake a thorough rethinking of the public procurement process with procurement digitalisation. This goes beyond simply moving to electronic tools; it rethinks various pre-award and post-award phases with the aim to make them simpler for businesses to participate in and for the public sector to manage. It also allows for the integration of data-based approaches at various stages of the procurement process ď ‰ Information of next slides comes from: ďƒ„

Module 1 - Unit 1 Benefits of the use of electronic tools in public procurement •significant savings for all parties •simplified and shortened processes •reductions in red-tape and administrative burdens •increased transparency •greater innovation •new business opportunities by improving the access of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to public procurement markets

Module 1 - Unit 1 Rules on e-procurement gradually introduced •tender opportunities and tender documents will become electronically available by April 2016; •central purchasing bodies should move to full electronic means of communication including electronic bid submission by April 2017; •e-submission should be made mandatory for all contracting authorities and all procurement procedures by October 2018 (two years after the expected transposition of the revised Directive); •more detailed provisions to encourage interoperability and standardisation of e-procurement processes are needed.