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International Cooperation

The Czech Republic by means of representatives of the Ministry for Regional Development - Public Procurement and Public Private Partnership Department takes part in a number of working groups in the framework of official structures of the European Union and in other international organisations. Following bodies are of prime interest:

Advisory Committee on Public Contracts - ACPC/CCMP

Working Group on Electronic Public Procurement - the working group exercises its activities in the framework of the Advisory Committee on Public Contracts and deals in particular with electronic public procurement from the view of legislation, processes and technologies at both European level as well as that of individual Member States.

Working Group on Statistical Information - the working group exercises its activities in the framework of the Advisory Committee on Public Contracts and deals in particular with the process of publication of forms at both European level (in TED) as well as that of individual Member States and of statistical outputs on public contracts in particular Member States.

Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) Committee

The GPA is a plurilateral agreement, the parties to which are members of the World Trade Organization -WTO.

http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/gproc_e/gp_gpa_e.htm    

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/international_en.htm    

Public Procurement Network (PPN)

is a cooperation network of public procurement expert officials from individual bodies dealing with public procurement in EU Member States, EEA (European Economic Area) Members and Switzerland, whose primary purpose is to strengthen the application of EU procurement rules laid down by EC legal framework, namely through sharing and mutual exchange of experience and benchmarking. PPN also contributes to the promotion of problems solving in cross-border cases relating to public procurement.

http://www.publicprocurementnetwork.org    

To major actors in the field of electronic public procurement (eProcurement) in the European context belong:

The Internal Market and Services Directorate General is the principal institution dealing with eProcurement at the level of the European Commission. It took its part in drawing up new European procurement legislation (Procurement Directives).

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/internal_market/index_en.htm    

The Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (Publications Office) it in charge of operation and assurance of publication of public contracts from EC Member States in the Supplement of the Official Journal of the European Union (S OJ EU), i.e. in TED (Tenders Electronic Daily).

http://publications.europa.eu    

http://ted.europa.eu    

The Information Society and Media Directorate General is a major institution participating in a number of initiatives related to the issue of eGovernment at the level of the European Commission. It in particular deals with evaluation of projects and assistance.

http://ec.europa.eu/comm/dgs/information_society/index_en.htm    

IDABC Program

Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to Public Administrations, Business and Citizens - IDABC, besides providing financial funds for projects in the field of eGovernment, closely cooperates with the Information Society and Media Directorate General of the EC in coordinating management processes of individual activities of those bodies.

http://ec.europa.eu/idabc    

Standardisation Bodies Following authorities belong to standardisation bodies, which provide standards in the field of e-business applicable to public contracts: