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Open Contracting Data Standard

Bulgaria commits to the implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard as part of its new e-government procurement work.

Country: Bulgaria

Status: overdue

Themes: Public procurement

Last updated: December 2020

Classification:

Concrete: Concrete | New: Somewhat New | Ambitious: Ambitious

  • 7 Evidence:

    As of April 1, 2020, the centralized automated information system "Electronic Public Procurement" ) is mandatory for use by all contracting authorities.

    The Centralized Automated Electronic Procurement Information System (CAIS EAP) will be implemented by January 15, 2020

    Public procurement register

    Full text of the Contract Agreement

    The procurement procedure for development of the e-portal file

    Draft law for amendment of the Public Procurement Act

    Entry into force of the Law amending and supplementing the PPL

  • 7 Notes:

    The emergency state caused by the Coronavirus slowed down the switch of the public contracting authorities to the new single procurement portal; however, there is some progress. Some authorities use the single portal and their old procurement registers simultaneously, although by law as of June 14, 2020 all procurement procedures had to be announced and run via the new e-system. This is because the portal is still not fully functional; the Public Procurement Agency periodically publishes updates on implementing of new functionalities and respective instructions for their use. The new procurement portal contains the basic features of the Open Contracting Data Standard, among them the call (announcement), tender documentation, bidders, some information about their offers*, contract agreement, etc. The portal allows for search by various attributes: contracting authorities, economic operators, type of procedure, CPV Code, date, etc.; the interface is available in Bulgarian and English, however, most of the records in the procurement register are in Bulgarian language only. *Depending on the type of procurement procedure

    Updated: October 31, 2020

    The new public procurement portal (1) has been launched thou with further delays - since January 1, 2020 it became compulsory to use the portal but only for a limited number of public contracting authorities (CAs) (2); all CAs will be obliged to use it for new tenders after April 1st, 2020 (3). It is too early to provide an assessment of the portal functionalities and its compliance with the Open Contacting Standard because of the limited number of published calls so far. The CAs have to continue the maintenance of the now existing dedicated procurement sections on their websites until the last tender published there is concluded; the same is valid for the 'old' public procurement register, managed by the Public Procurement Agency.

    Updated: April 30, 2020

    In April 2019 the Public Procurement Agency launched a demo of the new public procurement portal. Public contracting authorities and corporate bidders were invited to test the system by participating in simulation tenders. The use of the new electronic procurement environment will be compulsory after November 1, 2019 for all public authorities and companies wishing to participate in public tenders. The full functionalities of the e-procurement system are expected to be implemented by January 1, 2021. Note: the provided link to the new portal is likely to change after November 1.

    Updated: October 30, 2019

    As highlighted below, since 2017 the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) have been working on implementation of a new web-based procurement portal. According to the contract agreement with the developer, the new e-procurement system will incorporate Open Contracting Data Standard. The first phase of implementation, which was expected to be finalised in October 2018, provided for obligatory announcement of public tenders via the central e-procurement portal (e-Notification) and electronic submission of offers (e-Submission & e-Opening modules). The new system was not launched according to the plan, and by the motion of the PPA the Parliament passed ammendment in the Procurement Act, which postponed the implementation of the first phase for autumn 2019. The end date for inception of full functionalities of the e-procurement system (among which e-Evaluation, e-Contract, e-Payment modules) is 1 January 2021.

    Updated: May 30, 2019

    Since 2017 the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) have been implementing a new web-based procurement portal. According to the agreement with the developer, the new e-procurement system will incorporate Open Contracting Data Standard. The first phase of the implementation is expected to conclude in October 2018 and the new portal will be launched with part of all perceived functionalities. The system should be fully developed by 1 January 2021. In June 2018 the PPA proposed amendments to the Public Procurement Act aiming at adjustment of the legislation to the practical use of the portal. The draft law has been submitted to the Parliament on 1 August 2018.

    Updated: October 30, 2018

    In March 2017 the Public Procurement Agency launched a procedure for selection of contractor to implement a new web-based procurement portal. The contract has been concluded in December 2017. According to it, an e-procurement system should be implemented following the Open Contracting Data Standard. The execution deadline is set 36 months.

    Updated: June 30, 2018

    May 2019 Update: As highlighted below, since 2017 the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) have been working on implementation of a new web-based procurement portal. According to the contract agreement with the developer, the new e-procurement system will incorporate Open Contracting Data Standard. The first phase of implementation, which was expected to be finalised in October 2018, provided for obligatory announcement of public tenders via the central e-procurement portal (e-Notification) and electronic submission of offers (e-Submission & e-Opening modules). The new system was not launched according to the plan, and by the motion of the PPA the Parliament passed ammendment in the Procurement Act, which postponed the implementation of the first phase for autumn 2019. The end date for inception of full functionalities of the e-procurement system (among which e-Evaluation, e-Contract, e-Payment modules) is 1 January 2021.

    October 2018 update:

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