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                                     Editorial	                                                                                             3
                                     Project Director André Hoddevik explains why PEPPOL will be the
                                     future standard for public eProcurement in the European Union.

                                     The	European	eProcurement	initiative	PEPPOL	                                                           4
                                     The European Commission’s pilot project PEPPOL is part of
                                     the Commission’s European Digital Agenda.

„The EU‘s Digital Agenda for         PEPPOL	facilitating	cross-border	eProcurement	                                                         5
Europe gives a clear strategy        PEPPOL allows European businesses to widen their markets
to use ICT opportunities to the      and exchange cross-border business documents.
advantage of European society.
European governments should          What	Experts	say	about	the	benefits	of	PEPPOL	                                                         6
look towards the future and grasp    European procurement experts say why government agencies
the opportunities ICT is providing   and private companies will both benefit from the project.
by preparing their businesses and
people for the years to come.“       Facts	about	PEPPOL		                                                                                   7
Neelie Kroes                         Frequently asked questions about PEPPOL and its influence
EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda
                                     on the European procurement landscape

                                     Become	part	of	PEPPOL!	                                                                                8
                                     Governments, economic operators and software companies are invited
                                     to participate in the project.

                                     Governments:	Why	become	a	Pilot	participant?	                                                          9
                                     Reasons why PEPPOL could save government agencies some of their
                                     paper work and a significant amount of their costs.

                                     Suppliers:	Why	become	a	Pilot	participant?	                                                           10
                                     Reasons why SMEs and enterprises should participate in the project and
                                     how they could provide their input to the design of the specifications.

                                     Contact	Information,	Project	Milestones	and	Sustainability	                                           11
                                     Details about the regional nodes to contact and ask for participation,
                                     about project milestones and the long-term sustainability.

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                                                        Editorial                                                                     3
The second year of operations has resulted in significant progress
towards the vision of PEPPOL that is to enable businesses to
communicate electronically with any EU governmental institution
in the procurement process. Now a common pilot platform is being
developed where we invite any EU company to join.

Governments in the EU are the largest buyers of         acceptable to the hospital. And if this Danish small
private-sector services. Their purchases account        enterprise is successful in its bid, then the French
for around 16 per cent of the EU’s gross domestic       hospital should be able to send orders and receive
product (GDP), which is equal to Euro 1,500             their invoices following a common set of defined
billion. However, governments lag behind industry       business rules and processes.
in electronic data exchange with suppliers. At the
same time, EU companies miss out on genera-             PEPPOL	plans	to	deliver	public	services		
ting substantial business with the public sector        more	efficiently.	
because of extensive paperwork required to bid          And realise these accumulated benefits by alig-
for government contracts, particularly across           ning the “who” and “what” of tendering processes
borders. Moreover, the economic power of the            with the “when” and “how much” of supply proces-        André Hoddevik, Project Director

influential public sector has been restricted by        ses. We will do this by a common agreement on
existing islands of public procurement. This limits     cross-border procurement processes implemented
effectiveness and creates artificial barriers for       through open standards. PEPPOL is creating a
businesses serving the public sector.                   common eBusiness platform where we invite any
                                                        European company – SMEs as well as multinatio-          A	huge	market	for	electronic	
The	Pan-European	Public		                               nal corporations – to join and engage!                  procurement:	Euro	1,500	billion	
Procurement	Online	project.	                                                                                    spent	annually	by	EU	govern-
It was in this environment that the European            PEPPOL	will	set	the	future	standard		                   ments	account	for	16	per	cent	
Commission established PEPPOL. The project              for	public	eProcurement.	                               of	Europe’s	GDP.
aims to align business processes for electronic         This will be characterised by the ability to deal
procurement across all governments within Euro-         with electronically signed tender documents from
pe. This calls for the development of agreements        other member states, a common recognition of
and standards in the exchange of business               attestations, one process for providing product
information between contracting authorities and         information through eCatalogues and uniform             The	PEPPOL	consortium	
their suppliers, on which suitable technology can       ordering and invoicing processes between                comprises	17	leading	public	
then be built. Thus, standardisation will inevitably    all government agencies in Europe and their             eProcurement	agencies	in	11	
save time, increase transparency and competition.       suppliers. This momentum provides the assurance         countries:	Austria,	Denmark,	
In practical terms, this means that when a Danish       needed for the ICT industry to develop low-cost         Finland,	France,	Germany,	
small manufacturer of specialised microscopes           and open-source solutions and provide services          Greece,	Italy,	Norway,	Portugal,	
wishes to bid in a tender issued by a French            to encourage further participation. As the PEPPOL       Sweden	and	the	UK.
hospital, they should be able to securely submit        project enters into production at the end of 2010, we
the appropriate corporate attestations and product      will have achieved a major milestone towards the
offers in a form that is both legally and technically   Europe 2020 flagship initiative “Innovation Union”.
4   PEPPOL – The European
    eProcurement initiative
    The European Commission’s pilot project
    PEPPOL is a major cross-border eProcure-
                                                         within Europe. At the heart of the PEPPOL
                                                         architecture is a transport network allowing
    ment initiative intended to provide large-scale,     governments and companies to connect their
    standards-based IT infrastructure and services       IT resources to carry out reliable data exchanges
    to set up and run Pan-European public procu-         of business documents.
    rement operations online. eProcurement in the
    European context replaces paper-based procedu-       Many EU countries already use electronic
    res by technology-based communications across        procurement to make tendering of public sector
    the union and throughout the entire procurement      contracts simpler and more efficient. Successful
    chain: publication of tender notices, provision of   eProcurement platforms are securely established
    tender documents, submission of tenders, eva-        in many public administrations in the Member
    luation, award, ordering, invoicing and payment.     States. In addition, the acceptance of those sys-
    In the current financial climate such efficiencies   tems is growing strongly. However, most of those
    are particularly welcome as they help to reduce      solutions are solely implemented on a national
    administration costs and support governments’        or regional level with limited access to other
    austerity plans.                                     communities. The main task of PEPPOL is to
                                                         enhance the connection of existing eProcurement
    PEPPOL can be seen as a basic element of the         communities, and allow the private sector to bid
    Commission’s European Digital Agenda which           for public sector contracts anywhere in the EU:
    aims to use the potential of ICT and to establish    an important step towards achieving the European
    interconnected public procurement solutions          single market.

     Three	key	PEPPOL	standards:	BusDox,	BII	and	BIS

     PEPPOL plans to both deliver public services        In fact, by establishing a BusDox network for
     more efficiently and realize these accumulated      eProcurement, PEPPOL is actually creating a
     benefits by aligning the ‘who’ and ‘what’ of the    common eBusiness platform for use by any
     tendering processes with the ‘what’, ‘when’,        European organization – both public and private.
     and ‘how much’ of the supply processes. We          It has been said that this is reminiscent of the
     will do this by a common agreement on cross         way government’s funded infrastructure in roads
     border procurement processes implemented            and rail that enabled innovation and improve-
     through open standards. The principle standards     ments for cross border trade in the past.
     PEPPOL uses are known as BusDox and BII as
     well as the PEPPOL Business Interoperability        And if BusDox provides the infrastructure then
     Specifications (BIS). Using the BusDox stan-        the Business Interoperability Interfaces (BII)
     dards from OASIS means that organizations           standards from CEN/CENELEC define the com-
     participating in PEPPOL (and their network          mon PEPPOL business processes. For example,
     providers) can securely and reliably exchange       BII defines the process and information content
     electronic documents between each other.            to be used when invoices are sent by the Danish
     Although created through the PEPPOL project,        supplier to the French hospital. Such standar-
     BusDox can actually support different business      dization on public eProcurement processes will
     services, such as Transportation,                   inevitably save time, increase transparency, and
     Insurance, Health and Service Records, etc.         increase competition.
PEPPOL facilitating
cross-border eProcurement
PEPPOL allows European businesses to widen
their markets and carry out cross-border public
procurement transactions. A standardised
electronic procurement process from eCatalogue
to eInvoice will contribute to a more economic and
secure interoperability for enterprises and SMEs.
eSignature                                                                                              Award
                                                                                Tendering                                       Purchasing                 Payment
Electronic signatures based on electronic certifi-
cates identifying companies and/or single persons
are in common use already. They allow the secure
identification of the sender of a document and            eProcurement Components

ensure that a document has not been modified.                               eNoticing       eAwarding
                                                             eSourcing     eTendering         &                 eCatalogue   eOrdering   eInvoicing   ePayment
PEPPOL aims to create interoperability between                                              eContract

the different national schemes, so that in practice      PEPPOL Enablers
a public sector entity can validate certificates issu-                          (VCD)

ed in other member states, allowing for electronic                                            eSignature
submission of tenders cross borders.                                                          PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure

                                                                                              PEPPOL Components
Virtual	Company	Dossier	(VCD)
The objective of the VCD is to replace paper cer-        eOrdering
tificates with electronic attestations. The VCD and      The eOrder process deals with the electronic
its standardized specifications will support tende-      transmissions of documents. It starts with the
rers in creating their information and qualification     issuing of orders by the buyer and ends with the
package in their home country more easily and            receipt of an order response and the transmissi-
with a higher degree of quality. With the VCD it         on of the delivery instructions from the supplier.              PEPPOL	Transport		
shall be easier for enterprises and SMEs to make         Ordering is an important procurement phase as it                Infrastructure
a cross-border submission and to meet the legal          strongly affects the other phases, from catalogue               The	foundation	of	all	PEPPOL	
and formal company qualification criteria for the        to payment. The goal is to implement a European                 post-award	services	is	an	inter-
awarding phase.                                          Ordering (EOI) framework that allows SMEs to                    connected	eProcurement	infra-
                                                         adopt eOrdering in an effective way to lower their              structure	based	on	common	IT	
eCatalogue                                               cost of entry and operating costs.                              standards	compatible	with	the	
A shared approach for providing product informati-                                                                       various	solutions	provided	on	
on though eCatalogues will save time for suppliers       eInvoicing                                                      a	Member	State-level.	Centerpi-
when preparing their offers and it will facilitate the   The eInvoicing process deals with the claim for                 ece	of	such	an	infrastructure	is	
evaluation of tenders for contracting authorities.       payment for the goods and services that have                    a	messaging	service	enabling	
Economic operators will be encouraged to invest          been either ordered or delivered received or con-               government	agencies	and	pri-
into the creation of an electronic prospectus of         sumed under the conditions agreed by the buyer                  vate	companies	to	exchanges	
their offer, because it can be reused for different      and supplier. eInvoicing links the two important                of	all	kinds	of	business	docu-
tenders and across sectors. At the same time,            value chains, the procurement process and the                   ments	in	a	secure	and	reliable	
open source solutions will benefit a large number        payment process. PEPPOL seeks to implement                      manner.
of public administration small offices, which do         and pilot arrangements for the exchange of eIn-
not have budget for the purchase of proprietary          voicing documents between all awarding entities
eProcurement applications.                               and related economic operators.
What experts say about
the benefits of PEPPOL.

 “The EU-sponsored PEPPOL project aims to facilitate electronic communication
 between the public and private sector in cross-border and cross-regional pro-
 curement procedures. More and more public authorities are purchasing on-line,
 but suppliers from outside the region or Member State may have difficulty in
 participating in on-line procurement procedures. There is a growing need for                               Niall	Bohan,
 solutions which allow public purchasers and suppliers from different regions and                           Head	of	Unit	C4	DG	MARKT	
 Member States to conclude mutually beneficial transactions on-line.“                                       European	Commission

                                                                                      ”PEPPOL reduces costs and increase competition
                                                                                      among suppliers and through standardization.
                                                                                      Easy electronic cross border eProcurement deli-
                                                Per	Karlsen,	                         vered by PEPPOL fits our strategic goals and our
                                     CFO	Western	Norway	                              operational eProcurement needs on a day-to-day
                                 Regional	Health	Authority	                           basis.”

        “Public procurement accounts for 16 percent of EU GDP, but only 5
        percent is conducted electronically at the moment and small part of it only
        is cross border. By fostering the development of converging technologies,
        PEPPOL prepares the e-Procurement of tomorrow. The potential impact                                 Vincent	Tilman,		
        of PEPPOL on contracting authorities and businesses alike is huge. I wish                           Senior	Advisor		
        businesses will start benefit from the progresses achieved very soon.”                              EUROCHAMBRES

                                                                                      “National public eProcurement has given
                                                                                      the proof, that the public sector can save a re-
                                                                                      markable amount of tax payers’ money. PEPPOL
                                           Andreas	Nemec,	                            will deliver the standards and the infrastructure
                                       Head	of	the	Austrian	                          for European wide cost benefits, based on the
                                      Federal	Procurement	                            removal of competition fences and the reduction
                                                     Agency                           of process costs in pre award and post award

                                “PEPPOL should encourage more cross border
                                procurement and improve value for money in
                                procurement. It is all about making the internal                            Dag	Strømsnes,		
                                market working better, and improving the public                             Head	of	Department	for	
                                sector service delivery all over Europe.”                                   Public	Procurement	(Difi),	
PEPPOL and its influence on the
European procurement landscape.
The EU Member States have expressed a clear
political will to significantly change public pro-
curement in Europe. Although governments are
the largest buyers in the European Union, the
                                                       systems by using information and communication
                                                       technologies to enable them to connect with each
                                                       other. This would e.g. allow a French or Swedish
                                                       company to bid for an Austrian or Hungarian
economic power of this enormous market has             government contract as easily as for a contract in
been constrained by being fragmented into              their home country.
various “islands of procurement”, both internally      The results go beyond saving taxpayers‘ money
and across EU borders. Since its operational start     and having leaner procedures. By providing
in May 2008, the PEPPOL project has aimed to           tools for businesses to access the entire Euro-
enable companies from one country to respond           pean market for public services and leveling the
to public procurement procedures in another.           playing field for SMEs (the backbone of Europe‘s
PEPPOL will not replace but rather build on the        economy), cross-border eProcurement can boost
existing strengths of national eProcurement            competitiveness.

 Facts about PEPPOL
 1.	What	is	PEPPOL?                                    utilizing their existing national infrastructure.
 PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement
 Online) aims to implement common standards
                                                       4.	How	do	users	benefit	from	the	implemen-
                                                       tation	of	PEPPOL?
 enabling EU-wide public eProcurement. Existing
 national systems of electronic public procurement
                                                       PEPPOL will encourage all Member States to
                                                       capitalise on the potential of eBusiness. This will
 will be linked so that all participants can           in turn boost innovation and strengthen the com-
 enjoy the full benefits of a single European          petitiveness of enterprises and SMEs across the
 market. PEPPOL is operated under the European         EU. The immediate benefits of PEPPOL will allow
 Commission‘s Competitiveness and                      businesses to widen their markets and carry out
 Innovation Framework Programme’s ICT                  easier, more efficient and secure procurement.
 Policy Support Programme.                             Contracting authorities will generate savings on
 2.	Who	can	participate	in	PEPPOL?                     administrative and transaction costs.
 The PEPPOL project focuses on cross-border            5.	What	are	the	estimated	cost	savings
 activities within the pre-award procurement           in	total?
 process of Virtual Company Dossiers (eviden-          Electronic public procurement initiatives
 tiary documents) to eCatalogues and through           clearly demonstrate the significant potential
 to eOrdering and eInvoicing. PEPPOL will enable       cost savings. It has been estimated that if
 all Member States and their government contrac-       eProcurement were introduced over all European
 ting agencies, their suppliers (including small       contracting authorities, annual savings could
 and medium-sized businesses) and the ICT              exceed Euro 50 billion.
 industry to participate, follow its work and influ-   6.	What	are	the	challenges	of	implementing
 ence the definition of specifications as they         standardised	electronic	procurement?
 are developed.                                        National systems, standards and legislations
 3.	What	is	the	vision	of	PEPPOL?                      need to be aligned with common European
 The broader vision of PEPPOL is that any com-         standards, which will require some investment.
 pany in the EU can communicate electronically         7.	What	is	the	time	frame	of	the	project?
 with any EU governmental institution for pre-         The PEPPOL project started operation in May
 award and post-award electronic procurement           2008 and is scheduled to run for 48 months.
 activities. PEPPOL will allow any supplier in the     From November 2010, the PEPPOL project
 EU to respond to any European public tender           starts its production pilot phase.
 and conduct any resulting purchasing
8                                   Governments, economic operators and software
                                    companies are invited to participate now. The
                                    project also invites all other initiatives relevant
                                    to public eProcurement to link with PEPPOL.

Become part of PEPPOL!
Results	of	the	PEPPOL	project	      This participation period is divided into two pha-      PEPPOL	use	for	eTendering	(pre-award)
are	made	available	to	all	stake-    ses. In May 2010, PEPPOL entered its testing
                                                                                            PEPPOL is covering three key elements of
holders	to	ensure	awareness	        phase. Contracting Authorities and their suppliers
                                                                                            public tender processes identified as the most
and	acceptance	on	all	levels	       simulate of one or more eProcurement processes
                                                                                            challenging for cross border tenderers:
across	Europe.	As	a	general	        to the common processes and tools developed by
                                                                                            » Use of the electronic certificate of the
policy,	specifications,	best	       the PEPPOL Working Groups.
                                                                                              choice of the economic operator; contracting
practices	documentation,	open	
                                                                                              authorities ability to validate eSignatures
source	reference	implementa-        From November 2010, the PEPPOL project starts
                                                                                              in tenders from suppliers in other Member
tions	of	components	and	buil-       its production pilot phase. It includes full operati-
                                                                                              States (eSignatures)
ding	blocks	for	interoperability	   onal use of PEPPOL solutions with submissions
                                                                                            » Submitting evidences, certificates and
are	made	public.                    to real tenders and actual catalogues, orders and
                                                                                              attestations (Virtual Company Dossier)
                                    invoices exchanged between the pilot participants.
                                                                                            » Submitting information about goods and
                                                                                              services offered (eCatalogues)
                                                                                            These are “win-win situations” for both Contrac-
                                                                                            ting Authorities and tenderers. Contracting Au-
                                                                                            thorities can reduce the administrative burden of
                                                                                            creating and evaluating tenders and tenderers
                                                                                            are assisted to create legitimate offers.

                                                                                            PEPPOL	use	for	the	supply		
                                                                                            of	goods	and	services	(post-award)

                                                                                            PEPPOL can integrate the entire supply chain
                                                                                            from eCatalogue to eOrder to eInvoice by using
                                                                                            a defined set of processes sharing common
                                                                                            business information.
                                                                                            » Exchanging information about goods and
                                                                                              services available under the contract
                                                                                            » Ordering goods and services (eOrders)
                                                                                            » Requesting payment for goods and services
                                                                                            Any organization implementing these proces-
                                                                                            ses can achieve savings of 60 to 80 per cent
                                                                                            compared to traditional paper-based proces-
                                                                                            sing. Typical eProcurement projects result in a
                                                                                            payback period of 0.5 – 1.5 years and a recent
                                                                                            survey indicated that integrating the order-to-
                                                                                            invoice process alone can save over Euro 50
                                                                                            per cycle.
                                                       PEPPOL could save
                                                       government departments
                                                       and public entities like
                                                       hospitals up to 5 per
                                                       cent of expenditure
                                                       through more effective
                                                       purchasing and lower
                                                       transaction costs.

Governments: Why become
a Pilot participant?
Participation in a PEPPOL Production Pilot gives        PEPPOL	benefits	for	governments
contracting authorities an early lead by gaining
                                                        » Make processes dealing with product catalogues,
familiarity with and contributing to more efficient
                                                         ordering, invoicing and processing tenders
eProcurement services. For tendering (pre-award)
                                                         more efficient by reducing transaction costs
processes, the pilot activities for a contracting
                                                        » Opening new markets to
authority may involve                                                                                       What	is	provided	by	PEPPOL?
                                                         local small businesses (SMEs)
» Specification and definition of tendered goods                                                            »	General	guidance	on	how	to	
                                                        » Increase competition in tenders
 or services through the use of eCatalogues                                                                  implement	the	pilot
                                                        » Contribute to innovative procurement and
» Submission of certificates and attestations                                                               »	Advice	from	a	local		
                                                         influence the on-going evolution through
 through the use of Virtual Company Dossiers                                                                 PEPPOL	contact	point		
                                                         direct feedback
» Validation of eSignatures used in electronic                                                               (see	also	page	11)
                                                        » Validate different digital certificates
 submission of tenders.                                                                                     »	A	Starter	Kit	for	enabling		
                                                         used in e-signatures
Note: Tendering production pilots require initial                                                            participants	to	connect	and	
commitment from contracting authorities – eco-         What	do	interested	contracting	authorities            use	PEPPOL	services	is	
nomic operators will be included through their         need	to	do	next?                                      available.
participation in the tendering process.                » Nominate at least one representative
                                                        in their organization as contact person
For the supply of goods or services (post-award)       » Engage their personnel with relevant technical,    Who	can	take	part?
processes the production pilot may involve              legal, and administrative skills                    Participation	in	PEPPOL	is
» Receiving an eCatalogue issued by a supplier         » For tendering – have a forthcoming                 open	to:
 from another eProcurement community                    tender being issued.                                »	any	contracting	authority		
» Creating eOrders and sending them to a               » For the supply of goods and services –              who	already	has	contracts	
 supplier in another eProcurement community             have established and long running contracts with     with	suppliers	using	other	
» Receiving an electronic invoice issued by a           suppliers                                            eProcurement	communities
 supplier from another eProcurement community          » Assist in raising awareness of PEPPOL              »	any	contracting	authority	
» Connecting to the PEPPOL infrastructure               among local and cross-border suppliers               issuing	a	tender	
 (required)                                            » Contact their suppliers and invite them
Note: These production pilots require commitment       » Contact their local PEPPOL contact points
from both a contracting authority and its suppliers.    and ask for advice (see page 11)
Suppliers: Why become
a Pilot participant?
                                   Suppliers are invited to participate in a technical
                                   advisory group to get all the information, how to
                                   connect to the PEPPOL infrastructure and provide
                                   their input to the design of the specifications.

Who	can	take	part?                 Today the situation in most eProcurement commu-        Join now and you will get to know the underlying
Participation	in	PEPPOL	           nities requires that a supplier has to use different   IT concepts and have the opportunity to provide
is	open	to:                        technology and processes for each different con-       feedback based on your experience in using
»	any	supplier	who	already	has	    tracting authority‘s eProcurement platform. With       PEPPOL!
 contracts	with	a	participating	   PEPPOL, high processing and transaction cost
 contracting	authority             can be reduced, since one common interface and
»	any	supplier	responding	to	      standardized software can be used.                      PEPPOL	benefits	for	suppliers
 a	tender	from	a	participating	
                                                                                           » Sign documents electronically
 contracting	authority             Becoming	a	PEPPOL	participant
                                                                                           » Receive orders electronically
                                   If you are delivering or planning to provide goods
                                                                                            from contracting authorities across Europe
                                   and services for the public sector, participation in
                                                                                           » Send invoices electronically
What	to	do	next                    PEPPOL identifies you as a market leader.
                                                                                            to contracting authorities across Europe
»	Nominate	at	least	one		          Note for SMEs: If you don’t use an electronic
                                                                                           » Build stronger relationships
 representative	in	your	organi-    system to support your ongoing business, you
                                                                                            with public sector buyers
 zation	as	contact	person          can use simple applications developed by the
                                                                                           » Reduce process costs
»	Contact	your	contracting	        ICT industry and PEPPOL to participate. A single
                                                                                           » Improve contract compliance
 authorities                       investment to have your information systems
                                                                                           » Improve contract management
»	Contact	your	PEPPOL		            interface with PEPPOL processes enables you
                                                                                           » You only have to join PEPPOL once
 contact	point	and	ask	for	        to be one of the first companies ready to receive
                                                                                           » Use of PEPPOL will be free of charge
 advice	(see	also	page	11)         standardized orders from the participating public
                                   sector buyers.
Contact & Participate!
Governments and the private sector are kindly requested to contact the regional nodes responsiblefor
their respective country and register on the PEPPOL website www.peppol.eu
 Contact	points:	Regional	Nodes

 Denmark,	Estonia,	Finland,	Ireland,	Iceland,	Ireland	Lithuania,	Latvia,		
                                                                                                              The	PEPPOL	project	is	the	result	
 Norway,	Sweden,	UK/Scotland
                                                                                                              of	the	European	Competitiven-
 Please	contact:	Ms Gry Monica Hellevik, Email: gry.hellevik@difi.no
                                                                                                              ess	and	Innovation	Programme	
                                                                                                              (CIP)	ICT	Policy	Support	Pro-
 Austria,	Czech	Republic,	Poland,	Slovakia,	Slovenia,	Switzerland	and	Western	Balkan
                                                                                                              gramme	(ICTPSP)	2007	and	2009	
 Please	contact: Mr Enrique Vich (PR and Recruitment Director), Email: enrique.vich@peppol.eu
                                                                                                              Call	for	Proposals.
                                                                                                              •	 Pilot	A	objective:	Enabling	
 Germany,	Netherlands
                                                                                                                EU-wide	public	eProcurement
 Please	contact: Ms Prof. Dr. Maria A. Wimmer, Email: wimmer@uni-koblenz.de
                                                                                                              •	 50%	EU	contribution	for	
                                                                                                                achieving	interoperability
 Bulgaria,	Cyprus,	Italy,	Greece,	Malta,	Portugal,	Spain,	Romania
                                                                                                              •	 Coordinated	by	the	Norwegi-
 Please	contact:	Mr Giancarlo de Stefano, Email: giancarlo.destefano@tesoro.it
                                                                                                                an	Agency	for	Public	Manage-
                                                                                                                ment	and	eGovernment	(Difi)
 France,	Belgium,	Luxembourg
                                                                                                              •	 Consortium	Partners:		
 Please	contact:	Mr Alain Ducass, Email: alain.ducass@adetef.finances.gouv.fr
                                                                                                                Public	sector	entities
                                                                                                              •	 European	Commission		
                                                                                                                contract	224974
                                                                                                              •	 Enlarged	consortium	and	

                                                                                                                scope	(1	November	2009)
                                                                                                              	 •	 17	beneficiaries’	partici	
                                                                                                                	 pants	from	11	countries
PEPPOL has been operational since 2008. Since May 2010, PEPPOL has been testing pan-European                  	 •	 Total	budget	30.8	million		
eProcurement with selected pilot participants. From November 2010, PEPPOL services will support                 	 Euros
production services for real business transactions.                                                           	 •	 Project	start	up:	1	May		
                                                                                                                	 2008,	duration	48	months

                              Pilot production                     PEPPOL Roll-Out
2010                                2011                                                   2012

  Pilot start   5th PEPPOL Conference Troyes          Building the PEPPOL community               Transfer to long term sustainable operation

The PEPPOL project is a large scale pilot project aimed at implementing European wide public
eProcurement. This means that most PEPPOL consortium members are implementing PEPPOL solutions
and specifications into their existing eProcurement platforms and these will continue operating after the
project end. Together with the relevant Commission Services, the PEPPOL project is planning solutions
for maintaining operations of the common pre- and post-award components needed beyond 2012.

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