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PEPPOL Standards available for Italian eProcurement

by Enrique Vich created on 28/02/2012 04:35

Consip and MEF, the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, have integrated PEPPOL eCatalogue and eOrdering components in their eProcurement platform “Acquistinrete”, accessible by some 25.000 Italian Contracting Authorities for their purchases of supplies and services.

By means of this upgrade, any “Request for Quotation” issued by any Italian Contracting Authority under the MEPA (the Italian Public Administration  eMarketplace) hosted on the “Acquistinrete” platform, will give economic operators the possibility to respond via a pre-award XML eCatalogue, compliant to PEPPOL specifications.
The “Request for Quotation” is a tender procedure foreseen by Italian Public Procurement Law for purchases below the EU thresholds that take place in the MEPA. An average of 15.000 requests for quotations is launched every year. 
The platform upgrade is not limited to documents exchanged in the eTendering phase. Indeed, the platform, linked to the PEPPOL Infrastructure through the Intercenter Access Point, can now receive PEPPOL compliant post-award eCatalogues from all 8.500 economic operators registered and qualified under “Acquistinrete”, and send PEPPOL compliant XML eOrders to them.
Economic operators can automate the processing of these XML documents by adapting their ERP systems at a low cost, using Open Source components provided by the PEPPOL project, or by engaging service providers that can offer the transformation service.
In order to facilitate and promote the adoption of PEPPOL documents, Consip and MEF are also promoting the use of a demonstrator client, that can be installed on any PC, and enable exchange of limited volumes of documents.
The increased automation of documents exchanged is expected to significantly improve data quality, reducing transaction and processing costs.


Giancarlo De Stefano, Head of PEPPOL in Italy,, CONSIP (Italy)

Enrique Vich, PR and Recruitment Director,, Ministry of Finance (Austria)

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