Period: May 01, 2008 - Apr 30, 2011
Status: abgeschlossen

The Eu-Project PEPPOL is funded under the competitiveness and innovation programme (CIP). The PEPPOL project aims to develop pilot solutions for the domain of public procurement. The objective of the PEPPOL (Pan-European Public eProcurement On-Line) project is to set up a pan-European pilot solution that, conjointly with existing national solutions, facilitates EU-wide interoperable public eProcurement. The pilots that will be developed in PEPPOL will support any economic operator in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) to respond to any published public tender notice electronically and to govern the entire procurement process from their own national infrastructure to any another national infrastructure.

Thereby PEPPOL will focus on the engagement and participation of SME companies to public eProcurement. The vision of the PEPPOL project is that any company and in particular SMEs in the EU can communicate electronically with any European governmental institution for the entire procurement process. The final outcome of PEPPOL will be an interoperational environment build upon national systems and infrastructures supporting the full cycle of eProcurement activities. National procedures should be connected to pan-European process chains to ensure fulfillment of existing specifications and directives.

Task description

In Peppol, the research group eGovernment of the University of Koblenz is assigned to coordinate the work package "Virtual Company Dossier (VCD)". The VCD aims to provide a standardised company dossier consisting of several certificates and attestation typically required in public tendering. This will ease the possibility for suppliers to access national tendering procedures by providing the possibility to evidence conformance to selection and exclusion criteria across borders. Beside the specification of VCD, the work package will create pilot solution in Austria and Italy. A close collaboration with the so called reference group will ensure the transformation of results beyond the project consortium. Thus the major objective of PEPPOL is the consideration of interoperability on legal, organisational, semantic and technical level.

Project partner

Ministry of Finance (Austria)
Federal Computing Center (Austria)
Federal Procurement Agency (Austria)

National IT- and Telecom Agency (Denmark)
The Ministry of Finance (Finland)
Ministry of Economy, Finance and Employment (France)

University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)
Senator of Finances – Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (Germany)
Beschaffungsamt (Germany)

Central Services Directorate General (CSDG) (Hungary)
Consip S.p.A. (Italy)
Centro Nazionale per l'Informatica nella Pubblica Amministrazione (Italy)

Ministry of Economy and Finance (Italy)
Intercent-ER (Italy)
CSI Piemonte (Italy)

Infocamere (Italy)
Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DIFI) (Norway) - Project coordinator




Mondorf, Ansgar; Wimmer, Maria A. (2008): Interoperability in e-tendering: the case of the virtual company dossier. In: ICEGOV '08: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. New York, NY, USA: ACM Press. S. 110-116.