The EPROC project will support and promote the introduction of eProcurement - the application of ICT and eCommerce applications to an organisation’s procurement processes - by local authorities and later by other public sector organisations in NWE area. A main objective of EPROC is the adaptation of technology to SME’s, especially in rural areas. The project, led by the Welsh partner Antur Teifi Cyf, aims to assure long-term sustainability and continuity through local authorities and SMEs in the North West Europe that have adopted and successfully used eProcurement. The project then hopes to use the local authorities to extend the use of such technology. Various EU documents have highlighted the development of telecommunications and ICT applications as of major importance in rural and sustainable development. As some areas of the NWE area are more advanced in eProcurement than others, transnational cooperation through mutual learning among these areas will ensure a more standardised and integrated means of development. Using the experiences of Baden Wuttenberg, this project will look at the use of eProcurement within the public sector, its practical uses in both rural and urban settings, comparison of policy, assessment of benefits of eProcurement, establishing of common standards, sharing of knowledge, and the development of software.
The project will concentrate on actions that will be taken in order to support the implementation of eProcurement. The aims of these actions will be as follows:
- To examine how to use the power of local authority purchasing as a driver for local sustainable SME development through the better utilisation of eProcurement.
- To develop a tool and methodology by which local authorities and other public sector institutions can eProcure from SMEs by piloting the options and solutions.
- To develop a tool and methodology by which SMEs can trade electronically with the public sector by piloting the options and solutions.
- To produce case studies on how eProcurement can improve efficiencies in public administration and in SMEs.
- To contribute to public sector procurement policy.
- To enable the greater use of eCommerce by the public and private sectors.
Expected outcomes :
In the long-term the project’s sustainability and continuity will be assured through the local authorities and SMEs in North West Europe that will have adopted eProcurement and are successfully using the technology. The intention of the partners will be to extend the use of eProcurement by local authorities and other public sector organisations.