The Commercial Service has developed a database which gathers all public procurement tenders that are open to U.S.-based firms in particular. Our database is based on the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED), which is the online version of the Official Journal of the European Union. Tenders published in the TED include public purchases of supplies, works and services by European governments at the national and sub-central levels. Since January 1st, 1996, the United States and the European Union have been party to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), signed under the auspices of the WTO, which allows U.S.-based firms to bid on certain EU contracts above established thresholds. Our database is updated twice per week on Wednesday and Saturday. Go to the CS EU Tenders Database.
U.S. firms legally established (ongoing business, paying local taxes) in a Member State of the European Union are accountable as a European company. Those firms may bid on EU public procurement contracts advertised on the Tenders Electronic daily (TED) database just as any other European firm. For public contracts with an estimated value above certain thresholds, European directives establish common rules for advertising, invitations to tender and contract award. Go to the TED Database.
Electronic public procurement is already in place in most EU Member States. The best way to find out about those electronic databases is to enter the "simap" website, which offers a list of "national" e-procurement databases per country: go to "Public Procurement Opportunities", then to "Procurement Databases" and choose "EU".
The "simap" website also leads to the main public procurement database in Europe, TED (Tenders Electronic Daily"), published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This database can be used by all firms legally established in the EU, and is free of charge. All large public supply, works and services procurement contracts, above certain thresholds decided in accordance with the European Directives, must be published in TED. Go to the Simap website.
www.eTenders.gov.ie has been developed as part of the Irish Government's Strategy for the Implementation of eProcurement in the Irish Public Sector. The site is designed to be a central facility for all public sector contracting authorities to advertise procurement opportunities and award notices. The site is managed by the National Public Procurement Policy Unit (NPPPU) of the Department of Finance. This Unit sets the policy on content and functionality of the site however day to day management and maintenance, as well as development, of the site has been outsourced to a private company, Millstream Associates.
The site displays, on a daily basis, all Irish public sector procurement opportunities currently being advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), as well as other lower-value contracts uploaded to the site from awarding authorities. At any given time it will contain all open opportunities in the form of Tender Notices, Prior Indicative Notices (PIN) and Contract Award Notices (CAN). It also provides associated tender documents (where available) which can be downloaded from the site.