About OpenPEPPOL

About OpenPEPPOL

Mission Statement

To enable businesses to communicate electronically with any European government institution in the procurement process, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.

  1. Encourage European governments and their suppliers to continue implementing eProcurement using the PEPPOL specifications and promoting best practices
  2. Promote and support the development of innovative PEPPOL-based ICT products and services supporting public procurement processes, promoting their use also in the B2B context to harmonise processes across the private and public sectors, simplifying eProcurement adoption for SMEs
  3. Ensure that the PEPPOL network continues to grow in an open, accessible and compliant manner, supporting interoperability for European public services and helping Europe move towards a Digital Single Market

 

 

What is OpenPEPPOL

What is OpenPEPPOL

OpenPEPPOL is a non-profit international association under Belgian law (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif – AISBL) and consists of both public sector and private members. The association has assumed full responsibility for the development and maintenance of the PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and its services and implementation across Europe.

The purpose of OpenPEPPOL is to enable European businesses to easily deal electronically with any European public sector buyers in their procurement processes, thereby increasing opportunities for greater competition for government contracts and providing better value for tax payers’ money.

The Association provides an authoritative point of reference for networks of interoperable, PEPPOL-compliant infrastructure and the organisations that use it, ensuring high level governance and continuation of the agreement infrastructure. OpenPEPPOL is working towards providing its stakeholders with widely accepted technology standards and specifications, while ensuring sustainability and promoting and supporting the wider use of the PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and services.

The full version of the OpenPEPPOL Statutes.

 

The goals of the Association

  • Encourage European governments and their suppliers to continue implementing eProcurement using the PEPPOL specifications and promoting best practices
  • Promote and support the development of innovative PEPPOL-based ICT products and services supporting public procurement processes, promoting their use also in the B2B context to harmonise processes across the private and public sectors, simplifying eProcurement adoption for SMEs
  • Ensure that the PEPPOL network continues to grow in an open, accessible and compliant manner, supporting interoperability for European public services and helping Europe move towards a Digital Single Market
  • Business to business use of the PEPPOL-compliant infrastructure and use of PEPPOL-components in other areas beyond procurement are also recognised as important and are encouraged by the Association. PEPPOL is currently being implemented in several European countries to date and interest is now increasing outside of the EU.

OpenPEPPOL Organisation

OpenPEPPOL Organisation

Organisational Structure

The structure of OpenPEPPOL consists of the following units and bodies:

 

The General Assembly
The General Assembly is the supreme power of the Association. It holds all the powers that are expressly reserved by law, and that are not devolved to the Managing Committee by the current Statutes, except for powers of representation.

The General Assembly has the power to: alter the Statutes; elect or dismiss Members of the Managing Committee and the Auditor; establish or dissolve Coordinating Communities; approve a broad programme of activities and initiatives for the forthcoming years to further the purposes of the Association; approve a budget and sources of funding including the setting of a subscription fee or range of fees for the forthcoming year; approve the accounts of the previous fiscal year; disqualify any Member; dissolve the Association; elect and appoint the Secretary General; elect and appoint the members of the Managing Committee, except those elected and appointed by the Coordinating Communities.

All OpenPEPPOL Members that form the General Assembly are also Members of at least one Coordinating Community.

 

The Coordinating Communities
The OpenPEPPOL Coordinating Communities are as follows:

  • OpenPEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Coordinating Community
  • OpenPEPPOL Post-Award Coordinating Community
  • OpenPEPPOL eSignature and eID Coordinating Community (currently included in Pre-Award)
  • OpenPEPPOL Pre-Award Coordinating Community

Members of OpenPEPPOL are expected to participate, on a voluntary basis, in the activities of internal working groups to ensure the efficient operation of the Coordinating Communities. Please visit the ‘Get Involved‘ section of this website.

 

The Managing Committee
The Managing Committee acts as a board and is composed entirely of OpenPEPPOL Member representatives. The committee is composed of the Secretary General and one representative of each Coordinating Community, as a minimum. The Managing Committee includes the following members:

  • Secretary General: André Hoddevik, Difi (Norway)
  • Transport Infrastructure Coordinating Community Leader: Hans Berg, Tickstar (Sweden)
  • Post-Award Coordinating Community Leader: Sören Pedersen, ESV (Sweden)
  • Pre-Award Coordinating Community Leader: Isabella Rapisarda, Consip (Italy)
  • eSignature and eID Coordinating Community Leader:  No leader at the moment (part of the Pre-Award Coordinating Community)
  • Niels Pagh-Rasmussen, IBM (Denmark)
  • Steve Graham, UK Department of Health (England)

 

The OpenPEPPOL Secretary General is the highest authority of the Association between General Assemblies. The Secretary General is elected by the Managing Committee. The Secretary General may stand for more than one term of office. The Secretary General promotes the purposes of the association and implements the decisions of the General Assembly and the Managing Committee.

 

The OpenPEPPOL Operating Office assists the Secretary General in executive tasks.

History of OpenPEPPOL

History of OpenPEPPOL

Introduction

The OpenPEPPOL Association was established on 1st September 2012 after successful completion of the Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line (PEPPOL) project which saw PEPPOL specifications being implemented in several European countries solving interoperability issues for electronic procurement.

Background of the PEPPOL Project

The Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line (PEPPOL) project was a pilot project funded jointly by the European Commission and the PEPPOL Consortium members. The PEPPOL project was initiated in 2008 with the aim of simplifying electronic procurement across borders by developing technology standards that could be implemented across all governments within Europe. The overall objective was to enable businesses to communicate electronically with any European government institution in the procurement process, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.

Through agreement on specifications for cross-border procurement processes, the PEPPOL project has contributed to the development of a pan-European, standards-based IT infrastructure. PEPPOL has not replaced, but built upon, the existing strengths of national eProcurement systems by using information and communication technologies to enable them to connect with each other.

PEPPOL enables access to its standards-based IT transport infrastructure through Access Points, and provides services for eProcurement with standardised electronic document formats.

PEPPOL developed the Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS) for common eProcurement processes such as eCatalogue, eOrders, and eInvoices to standardize electronic documents exchanged and validated through an open and secure network, between sending and receiving Access Points for public sector buyers and their suppliers across Europe. A Virtual Company Dossier was developed for suppliers to submit company information in a standardized ‘re‐usable’ format, an eCatalogue for use in the tendering process, and a pan‐European e‐signature validation service.

The PEPPOL ‘BIS’ implements the results of the CEN workshop on Business Interoperability Interfaces for Public Procurement in Europe (CEN WS BII). Through PEPPOL and implementations in several Member States and associated Countries, results from CEN WS BII have already been thoroughly tested and have proved their usefulness in practice.

The PEPPOL consortium was comprised of seventeen partners (mostly leading public eProcurement agencies) within 11 countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

At the end of August 2012, the PEPPOL project was finalised and its services and responsibilities were taken over by the non-profit association OpenPEPPOL.

To better understand the aims of the project, watch the PEPPOL video.

PEPPOL Final Report

As the PEPPOL project has reached a successful completion, the final report shines a light on its accomplishments while showcasing a variety of organisations that have benefited from its digital services. PEPPOL components have now been implemented successfully in various European countries, with a growing number of PEPPOL Access Points established and interest increasing from outside of the EU.

The final report reveals the extent of these key successes and identifies the challenges faced within cross-border e-procurement. It also highlights in detail how PEPPOL overcame these obstacles and finally addresses the transition to OpenPEPPOL and the involvement of future parties.

The PEPPOL Final Report.

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