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Electronic Public Procurement

The legal framework for electronic public procurement is a constituent element of Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts and Directive 2004/17/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors.

The Directives provide a comprehensive framework for electronic public procurement in an open, transparent and non-discriminatory manner, lay down the rules for electronic tendering procedures and fix conditions for modern purchasing methods based on electronic communication means.

The Directives mentioned above have been transposed into Act no. 137/2006 Coll. on Public Contracts and Act no. 139/2006 Coll. in Concession Contracts and Concession Procedures (Concession Act), including a comprehensive framework of electronic public procurement.

To implement a new legal framework of electronic public procurement, the European Commission issued Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions no. SEC (2004) 1639 "Action plan for the implementation of the legal framework for electronic public procurement" which implies a requirement to draw up national plans for the introduction of electronic public procurement by Member States.

In pursuance of the documents referred to above the Government of the Czech Republic on 10 May 2006 adopted resolution no. 500 by which National Plan for the Introduction of Electronic Public Procurement Over the Period 2006 - 2010 was approved.