Volume IX, 4-2010
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Complexity of European tenders

Complexity of European tenders

From left Robert Vindiš, Director of CzechTrade office in Zagreb, Pavel Svoboda, director of CzechTrade office in Beograd and Michal Kadera of CEBRE

On average only 7 out of 833 applicants (from 49 countries) for contract framework tenders within the European development aid are Czechs. What is behind the low participation of Czech companies in the EU development aid and EU tendering? On 30th June, CEBRE discussed the issue of EU tendering and granting with Czech companies, territorial directors of Czech export agency CzechTrade and Czech economic counsellors.

The main reasons for low participation are: complexity, late payments and bureaucracy.

First, there is a lack of knowledge about these instruments, despite many raising awareness campaigns and information sources.

Second, there is some scepticism about the use of EU money. One Czech entrepreneur, owner of an ICT company, has experience with EU tendering. His company was granted around 20 tenders in candidate and potential candidate countries. He states that the period of payment by the Commission was 45 days, not 30 days as he expected. Moreover, the 45-day period was often not respected.

In the Czech Republic, the beginning of the payment period is commonly assumed as the issue date of the invoice. The EU institutions count the time from the date the invoice is recorded in their system and accepted in accordance with the “complete delivery” (a process called provisional acceptance). When suppliers deliver goods/services, they have to ask for this provisional acceptance. Therefore, the payment period starts only when an EU project manager » read more «

Is it finally time for innovation?

For a number of years the EU has been promoting stronger strategic involvement in innovation policies in several strategic documents and political statements. Nonetheless, most of the Member States seem not to have managed (by far) to increase their public investment in research and development to meet the agreed targets. Finally, with the Barosso II and the Lisbon Treaty, innovation seems to be put at the fore front of European policies - EU2020 Strategy confirmed the 3% target in R&D, Commissioner Madam Geoghegan-Quinn is also responsible for innovation and autumn Council meeting will be dedicated to innovation.

The concept of innovation is as broad as one can imagine. It goes from research and development to transfer of technologies through environment, energy and other fields. Mentioning energy, one of the biggest challenges is the development of sustainable and smart infrastructure. It would enable gas and electricity to flow between Member States without bottlenecks » read more «

Can we save the Internal market ?

Long awaited recommendations of professor Monti regarding the relaunch of the Internal Market were handed to the president of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso on 9 May. More than innovative strategy the 107-page report requested by Barroso, looks like a cook book for the EC president when searching for better compromises convenient for EU institutions, Member States and the civil society.

25 years after the issue of the White paper on the Internal Market, Monti points out the fact » read more «

ENERGIZING EUROPE: Nuclear debate in ENEF continues

Cez Group On May 25-26, the 5th plenary session of the European Nuclear Energy Forum took place in Bratislava, gathering political representatives, including Slovak and Czech Prime Ministers Robert Fico and Jan Fischer, Commissioner for energy Günter Oettinger, Members of European Parliament, nuclear experts and representatives of NGOs. The forum reaffirmed its outstanding contribution to open and objective discussion about the nuclear energy in the EU, with many speakers stressing its irreplaceable role as a stable and proven low-carbon source.

The need for qualified personnel was repeatedly » read more «