REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the review of the practical application of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) ADD 1 Annex to the REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the review of the practical application of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)
The documents provide the EU Parliament and Council with a review of the practical application of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD). The review also provides a report on the level of integration of national e-procurement systems and databases of certificates/evidences within the Member States. Background for information: The ESPD was introduced in the EU Procurement Directive 2014 (the directive that covers the main procedural rules that Member States must impose on public authorities when letting public contracts to ensure transparent, fair procurement processes). The aim of the ESPD was to reduce the administrative burden of all parties involved in a public procurement. It provides a mechanism for organisations to provide a self-declaration whether any of the grounds for excluding a bidder from a procurement process as laid down in the Directive and Member State’s implementing legislation (criminal convictions, grave professional misconduct, etc) apply and whether the selection criteria set by the buyer (i.e. financial, economic and technical capacity) are fulfilled by the bidder. Only evidence from the suppliers that pass this initial stage is required to be verified by the buyer, rather than evidence from all applicants. The EU Procurement Directive 2014 required the EU Commission to provide the review of the ESPD by the 18th April 2017.