VORTAL is part of the project “ESPDint – Interoperable ESPD and VCD services inside and between European Countries”, financed by the European Commission to develop the native integration of the ESPD form with VORTAL’s platform. With the ESPD and VCD implementation pilot, VORTAL will make available to all users these instruments integrated in the platform so that it becomes a step in the process of taking advantage of all previous documents and information inserted. Once the Economic Operator (supplier) answers the ESPD questions, it can be reused seamlessly.
What is ESPD?
The European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) is a self-declaration form of a business' financial status, abilities and suitability for a public procurement procedure. It is used as a preliminary evidence of fulfilment of the conditions required in public procurement procedures across the EU. Thanks to the ESPD, the tenderers no longer have to provide full documentary evidence and in different forms previously used in the EU procurement, which means a significant simplification of access to cross-border tendering opportunities. From October 2018 onwards, the ESPD shall be provided exclusively in an electronic form.
The European Commission provides a free website for the buyers, bidders and other parties interested in filling in the ESPD electronically. The online form can be filled in, exported, stored and submitted electronically. With the ESPDint Project, VORTAL will provide an ESPD tool within its platform for all tenderers in all European countries. The ESPD provided in a previous public procurement procedure can be reused as long as the information remains correct.
The ESPD plays a crucial role in the digital transformation of public procurement. It contributes to EU countries’ transition to full e-procurement, significantly reduces administrative burden and simplifies access to cross-border tendering opportunities. The ESPD will act as a “business passport” for companies bidding for tenders anywhere in the EU.