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Parliamentary questions
22 August 2011
Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission

The cost of supplying official documents in support of a bid for public contracts has emerged as an important concern in the context of the Commission Green Paper consultation on modernisation of EU public procurement legislation.

e-CERTIS represents a first initiative by the Commission to provide a practical solution to help companies to overcome the administrative complexity involved in submitting bids in another Member State.

e-CERTIS helps:

business to identify certificates and official documents that are required when submitting tenders in each of the other Member States as well as domestic equivalents that correspond to these documents;
contracting authorities to recognise and process official documents issued in another Member State and which it receives in the context of a public procurement procedure.

Since its launch in end 2010, approximately 10 000 document types have been downloaded from e-CERTIS.

The document searches and queries on the e-CERTIS database can be carried out in most official languages including Polish.

The Commission regrets that a Polish version of the e-CERTIS brochure was not posted on the website at the time of launch. A Polish translation of the brochure has now been published on the e-CERTIS website:

OJ C 128 E, 03/05/2012
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