Enabling Electronic Procurement in Europe

The conference offers an exceptional opportunity to share experiences and challenges about e-procurement developments in Europe. EU policy makers, senior representatives from the European Commission, the UK Department of Health, the Belgian government, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities, the Publications Office of the EU and other relevant players in the e-Procurement field have already agreed to participate and present their initiatives.

Invited speakers will focus on three main topics:

  • The move towards European Standards for Electronic Procurement
  • Strategic European Initiatives in the domain of electronic procurement
  • Emerging Standards-based Solutions

The agenda includes time for interaction among participants on themes concerning health care, service providers, enterprises, local and regional authorities. A concluding presentation will focus on challenges towards achieving international standards for e-Procurement.

The conference is the final event organised by the CEN BII (Business Interoperability Interfaces for Public Procurement in Europe) initiative.

The CEN BII Workshop has been the only EU initiative focused on the standardisation of the complete public procurement cycle and supports the legislative requirements of European Directives, facilitating the implementation of interoperable e-Procurement solutions across Europe. (http://www.cenbii.eu)

Expected Participants:

Public sector authorities, policy makers, business representatives, ICT providers, standardisaiton bodies.

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Registration: from 9:30 to 10:00 CET

Welcome and Introduction

10:00 to 10:35

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, Head of Unit, DG GROW F3, KETs, Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability, European Commission

The European policy for electronic procurement – European Commission representative

Stuart Feder, Chairman, CEN BII 3 Workshop


Towards European Standards for Electronic Procurement

10:35 to 10:55

The CEN BII Workshop – Jostein Frømyr, Vice-Chair technical coordination, CEN BII 3 Workshop

10:55 to 11:15 Coffee Break


Strategic European Initiatives

11:15 to 11:35

The role of the Publications Office in eNotification – Natalie Muric, Publications Office of the European Union

11:35 to 11:55

EU eProcurement solutions – Pieter Breyne, DIGIT, European Commission; Natalie Muric, Publications Office of the European Union

11:55 to 12:15

OpenPEPPOL developments in Europe –  Sven Rasmussen, OpenPEPPOL

12:15 to 12:40

A Single Market Strategy for Europe:

  • Joint Initiative on Standardisation  – Hein Bollens, Deputy Head of the Unit GROW B3, European Commission
  • Data Actions – Jachym Hercher, Policy Officer GROW G4, European Commission

12:40 to 14:00 – Lunch Break


Emerging Standards-based Solutions

14:00 to 14:20

The NHS eProcurement Strategy – Steve Graham, UK Department of Health

14:20 to 14:40

eInvoicing in Belgium – Serge Libert, Fedict

14:40 to 15:00

eTendering in the Netherlands – Kornelis Drijfhout, PIANOo

15:20 to 15:40

Benefits of using European standards for eProcurement – Kerstin Wiss Holmdahl, Swedish Association of Local Authorities

15:20 – 15:45 Coffee break


Panel discussions

15:45 to 16:45

Moderator: Carmen Ciciriello, Capacity Building, CEN BII 3 Workshop

Panel discussions:

  • eProcurement in Healthcare: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (TBC)
  • Service providers perspective –  (TBC)
  • Business needs:  Business Europe (TBC)
  • eProcurement for local and regional authorities – Kerstin Wiss Holmdahl, Swedish Association of Local Authorities

16:45 to 17:05

International standards for eProcurement – Raffaele Fantetti, Vice Chair UN/CEFACT


Closing remarks

17:05 – 17:30

Nikita Stampa, Head of Unit, DG GROW G4, Innovative and e-Procurement, European Commission

Stuart Feder, Chairman, CEN BII 3 Workshop

Physical location
Breydel building, Auditorium
Avenue d’Auderghem 45, 1040, Bruxelles