Since 2005, having a virtual marketplace has become compulsory for markets above the threshold in France, but each public body usually decided to pay a commercial license and use its own solution.
An exception to this is in Burgundy, where all public bodies (around 3500) use a single regional platform that offers to small and mediumsized enterprises a unique web access to all public markets, with some dedicated functions (automatic alert for relevant markets, geo-tagging, etc.). e-Bourgogne is a local entity set up to firstly offer to all public entities from the Burgundy region a common shared electronic platform for publishing their purchasing needs. The objective was to encourage all public bodies to use the same solution in order to give their market better notoriety and enhance exchanges between public buyers to boost exchanges of best practices. In addition, the objective was to construct a single access point to all notices allowing an intuitive bidding. In the long term the aim was to validate the methodology and the capacity of legal entities to work together with the perspective of a broader regional platform of e-Services for all, based on solidarity and sharing.
As a result of this red tape-cutting action, the use of taxpayers’ money is significantly better as fewer public markets are unfruitful and the prices are lower. In this sense, environmental issues and economies of scale for these highly paper-consuming and now fully digitised procedures should not be disregarded. This e-Procurement service also has an important impact on local economic policies as public purchasing represents around 16% of GDP. Nowadays, e-Bourgogne is also a one-stop-shop for all public aids dedicated to the SMEs in the region ‘j’entreprends en Bourgogne’ and is successfully deploying new user-friendly services such as: electronic workflow for signature of documents, e-Transmission of legal documents to the control of legality, website for small municipalities, geo-tagged services in proximity with practical information, etc.
Currently, e-Bourgogne has become a reference in France and in Europe thanks to the wide usage of its service addressing the Lisbon 2010 agenda and its model of shared governance. This commitment to the modernisation of public administration has been recently recognised by the French Ministry of Finance through a prize for ‘Public Manager of the year’ awarded to Louis-François Fleri, Head of project. Furthermore, e-bourgogne was entrusted by the European Commission to check adaptability and transferability of its model in other European regions via the eTEN Procure project, co-financed by the European Commission. In the coming months, e-Bourgogne will be launching a public-private partnership to go further into enabling modern exchanges between public administrations and citizens in the future.
|Award category:||public service delivery|
|Sector:||Economic affairs, competition, SME|
|Type of activity:||public-private partnerships|
|Keywords:||Sharing, SMEs, efficiency, modernisation, e-Services|
|Short English description:||e-Bourgogne is a local entity set up to firstly offer to all public entities from the Burgundy region a common shared electronic platform for publishing their purchasing needs|
|Organisation:||Grouping of Public Interest (GIP) e-Bourgogne|
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|