Open Contracting Partnership expects 2020 to be a year of great strides towards opening up public procurement across the EU. “Even a slight shift of 1% in efficiency would save the EU around EUR 20 billion per year,” it says. The European Commission (and member states) will be laying out a coherent vision for the next five years in which it aims to develop a fairer playing field for public contracts. Governments already share basic notices about upcoming tenders, but what is needed is an integrated digital marketplace for innovation and better economic opportunity, especially with regard to the EU Cohesion funds for regional development. While contract registers and open data initiatives exist, there is no shared agreement across the EU about the scope of required publication, data formats, accessibility, usability, etc. Governments publish as they choose. Some countries have confirmed plans to use the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) to address the challenges, but the PCP believes the EC can do much more to encourage the creation of unified and standardised procurement data infrastructure: read about that here.

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