As the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) project reached a successful completion at the end of August 2012, with the PEPPOL specifications being implemented across Europe, the OpenPEPPOL Association, comprised of public and private members of the PEPPOL community, is taking over responsibilities for PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and services and promoting implementation across Europe.
OpenPEPPOL is under establishment as a non-profit international association under Belgian law (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif – AISBL) that began official operations on September 1st, 2012.
The purpose of OpenPEPPOL is to enable European businesses to easily deal electronically with any European public sector buyers in their procurement processes, thereby increasing opportunities for greater competition for government contracts and providing better value for tax payers’ money.
The Association will provide the authoritative point of reference for networks of interoperable, PEPPOL-compliant infrastructure and the organisations that use it, ensuring high level governance and continuation of the agreement infrastructure. OpenPEPPOL will strive to set widely accepted technology standards and specifications, ensuring sustainability while promoting and supporting the wider use of the PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and services.
Business to business use of the PEPPOL-compliant infrastructure and use of PEPPOL-components in other areas beyond procurement are also recognised as important and will be encouraged by the Association. Use of the PEPPOL components and specifications outside Europe should also be possible.
Long term sustainability
A long term sustainability roadmap has been agreed within the original PEPPOL project consortium. The roadmap describes three parallel approaches for sustainability of PEPPOL results:
User driven approach: OpenPEPPOL
EC supported approach towards establishment of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) through:
a. ISA operations and governance of centralised software components/services (SML)
b. New CIP ICTPSP ‘Pilot A’ project ‘Basic Cross Sector Services’ (BCSS) (CIP ICTPSP Work Programme 2012, topic 4.1).
Standardisation approach; continued efforts for standardisation of business processes and semantics and eDelivery through CEN WS BII, OASIS TC BDX and other relevant standardisation bodies.
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