Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 05/30/2013
Since 1 January 2012, French contracting authorities have been obliged to accept applications and bids transmitted by electronic means for all purchases worth at least €90 000 excl. VAT, regardless of the subject matter of the public procurement contract (supplies, works, provision of services).
This step further in the dematerialisation of public procurement is expected to stimulate ICT investment by bidding companies while pushing contracting authorities to either acquire the necessary equipment individually or to team up with each other to find common solutions.
Since 2010, moreover, the following provisions have been in force:
Under the Public Procurement Code, the electronic transmission of mail in the framework of public procurement procedures has been possible since 2001. Likewise, from that year on contracting authorities have had the right to require the electronic transmission of tenders in the framework of simplified competitive tenders. Since 2005, buyers have not been able to refuse electronically mailed documents in the framework of formalised procedures.