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The Province of Rome implements PEPPOL

by Enrique Vich created on 25/05/2012 05:15

Through an on-line order issued on the Italian Electronic Marketplace for Public Administrations (MEPA), the Province of Rome has made the first electronic purchase based on a PEPPOL compliant eCatalogue.

The PEPPOL implementation with the Province of Rome is the latest phase of an effort which started three years ago and has seen Consip Spa working alongside 18 partners from the 11 European countries participating in the Peppol project. The Ministry of the Economy and Finance (MEF) in Italy has led the development of the PEPPOL electronic catalogue component to enable interoperability between the purchasing platforms of European public administrations.
 
Business-e, an Italian information technology SME, who replied to the tender notification for Wi-Fi devices launched by the Province of Rome, has been awarded the contract, using a PEPPOL eCatalogue and receiving a PEPPOL eOrder through the national eMarketplace (MEPA), managed by Consip - the Central Purchasing body (CPB) of Italian Public Administrations, owned by MEF.
 
“This is a first significant result of the innovative approach in processes and transparency in public tenders that we have been pursuing with great determination – says Nicola Zingaretti, President of the Province of Rome - Electronic tenders allow for process savings and spur companies towards innovation and, with PEPPOL towards internationalization”.
 
“Consip has integrated the standards of the European PEPPOL project in its Electronic Marketplace – explains Domenico Casalino, Chief Executive Officer of the MEF purchasing body. This lays down the groundwork for enabling supplier systems to communicate with all of Europe’s public procurement platforms. Through the MEPA and Consip’s framework contracts, all local authorities will be able to provide Wi-Fi and other innovative services to their communities quickly, efficiently and conveniently”.
 
“The PEPPOL based electronic procedures allow companies to save enormously on time – adds Loredana Mancini, Business-e Operations Director - Using the same standard catalogue we will be able to participate in other tenders in Italy and abroad”.
 
PEPPOL, an EU co-funded project launched in May 2008, aims to support cross-border public tenders through the provision of standards based electronic procedures and tools. PEPPOL facilitates interoperability of the various eProcurement systems, enabling SMEs and supplier access to the European public procurement market that accounts for 19 per cent of the total GDP of the Union



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