Trans European eProcurement implementation (INTERPROC) aims to support interoperable use of structured information throughout the whole procurement process.

The purpose of the project is to promote economic growth of the European economy, reducing administrative burdens in public procurement procedures both for contracting authorities and economic operators, while at the same time implementing and providing the necessary digital service infrastructures to apply the current European public procurement directives.

INTERPROC will bring public opportunities closer to SMEs, regardless of the country of the Contracting Authorities, and make eProcurement processes less time-consuming, based on reliable existing data and with automated processes and more effective workflows.

This is a project co-funded by the Connected Europe Facility of the European Union, focused on interoperability, supported by eight partners (companies and public entities).

The group of partners is composed by BeschA (Germany – government), DFØ (Norwegian – government), General Secretariat of Information Systems for Public Administration – GSISPA (Greece – government), University of Piraeus Research Center – UPRC (Greece – university), Ignite (Norwegian – private sector), Mercell (Norwegian – private sector), Universität Koblenz-Landau – UKL (Germany – university) and Vortal (Portugal – private sector).

BeschA is the largest civil procurement agency in the federal government and is responsible for purchasing in the entire business area of the ministry. The agency purchases goods and services for many different federal agencies, federally funded foundations, and international organizations.

The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management (DFØ – Direktoratet for forvaltning og økonomistyring) is a central administrative agency that aims to strengthen the government’s work in renewing the Norwegian public sector and improve the organisation and efficiency of government administrations.

GSISPA is an organizational unit, part of the Hellenic Ministry of Digital Governance (MDG). GSISPA’s vision is to be the main technological pillar of the Hellenic state, offering the best and most efficient technological solutions for an efficient and citizen-friendly Public Administration.

Ignite Procurement is a Norwegian SaaS company facilitating data-driven, smarter, and sustainable procurement decisions through its best-of-breed spend management solution.

Vortal is a worldwide leading company in eSourcing and eProcurement solutions, with an eMarketplace where, every day, more than 10.000 public and private buyers make business with a community of over 360.000 qualified suppliers. Vortal’s solutions are centered in leading-edge technology and specialist dedicated support.

The University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC)), founded in 1989, provides administration and technological support to basic and applied research, carried out by the teaching staff of the University of Piraeus, at international or national level. UPRC, through the INTEROP research group of the Department of Digital Systems has sound technical expertise in the development and evaluation of interoperable software systems and services in heterogenous environments across different countries, domains, and actors, based on open standards in the area of eGovernment, and has been involved in several related projects (e.g. PEPPOL, e-SENS, TOOP).

The University of Koblenz-Landau (UKL) is a mid-size German University. The research group E-Government (RG eGov) of the Faculty of Computer Science is participating in the INTERPROC project. In the past fifteen years, the group has been involved in interoperability and e-government systems research and developments, and in several eProcurement related projects.

Mercell is a leading platform for eTendering and procurement, serving public and private buyers in 15 European countries. Mercell’s marketplace simplifies the tender and procurement process and makes it safe and easy for buyers to find relevant suppliers for their tenders and daily purchasing needs. Mercell also ensures suppliers find relevant business opportunities.