The catalogue content

Procurement needs, best practices, experiences, standards, guidelines - what type of information does the EU Catalogue contain and how content is proposed and selected. Understand what know-how it tries to create here. Take a look at the prototypes developed to demonstrate the concept in this page.


Our aim is to develop material that is of practical use for procurers of digital goods and services. 

So far the European Catalogue is a prototype, a concept demonstrator. We want to establish a procurement community that feeds contents into it. The prototype addresses five domains which can be accessed below. Additional domains may be added in future years.


For each of those domains, the EU Catalogue lists proposed needs. A procurement need may be defined as a subject of tender. We believe agreeing on procurement needs is a prerequisite to creating a community of practitioners in procurement. It creates a stable comparison point and provides an anchor for consolidating the numerous resources available over the web in a single place, such as guidelines, projects, best practices and lessons learned. Consolidating sources of knowledge is essential because procurement is becoming more and more complicated and horizontal.  To understand which types of guidelines the Catalogue will consolidate, take a look at the new approach to the procurement of digital.

Surveys will be organized and sent to the community to agree on needs, with a target to finalise the procurement needs by end 2017.


The content was developed following workshops organised with Member States and following a public consultation.


Standards included in the European Catalogue are only international standards (as defined by regulation 1025/2012), European standards (issued by the three European Standardisation bodies recognized by regulation 1025/2012: ETSI, CEN, CENELEC) and technical specifications identified for use in procurement under art. 13 of regulation 1025/2012.