E-Government: Commission adopts new rules on digital forms in public procurement

Today the Commission adopted new rules on eForms, which are digital procurement notices, for clearer and more accessible online information on public procurement and contracts. This will make life easier for companies looking for business opportunities and make public spending more transparent for citizens. Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “This is a new milestone in the digital transformation of public procurement. I welcome this major upgrade, which will make public procurement more attractive for businesses and allow citizen to see how their taxpayer’s money is spent.” These new rules will help green, social and innovative businesses get better access to public contracts, in line with the Commission’s 2017 Making Public Procurement work for and in Europe plan. eForms will be used in about €500 billion worth of large public contracts and may also be used in up to €1.5 trillion worth of smaller contracts. To leave sufficient time for adapting national and European IT systems, public administration have until October 2023 to use these new forms.