Pan European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) a pilot project for cross border e-Procurement has been launched by the European Commission. The project aims to create the conditions for linking the existing national e-Procurement systems.
The European Commission is working on this Large Scale Pilot with Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary and Italy, as well as Norway (as a member of the European Economic Area), to enable companies from one country to respond to public procurement tenders in another. The project will build on the existing national e-Procurement systems, using information and communication technologies to enable these systems to connect and communicate with each other. Companies especially the SMEs are expected to benefit from this EU wide e-Procurement system. This system is expected to reduce the costs and simplify the processes they need to follow to bid for public contracts outside their home Member State. The project is supported by the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP). PEPPOL will invest more than