Thursday, 8 November 2018

Questions (63)

Jonathan O'Brien


63. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a central database system for suppliers throughout the State for the purpose of procurement contracts exists. [46308/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Government established the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) to drive a new integrated and consolidated approach to public procurement. The OGP takes a balanced approach to delivering value for the taxpayer and supporting business access to public procurement opportunities.

In this regard, the OGP promotes supplier awareness of eTenders ( eTenders is the Government's national platform for conducting procurement. The site is designed to be a central facility for all Public Sector contracting authorities to advertise procurement opportunities and award notices. The site displays, on a daily basis, all Irish Public Sector procurement opportunities currently being advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), as well as other lower-value contracts uploaded to the site by contracting authorities.

Public Bodies are required to advertise all contracts for supplies and services with an estimated value of €25,000 (exclusive of VAT) and upwards on eTenders. The advertising threshold for works and works related services is €50,000 (exclusive of VAT). They are also required to publish contract award notices. Suppliers are encouraged to register on eTenders so that they can be notified of upcoming procurement opportunities.