May 28th, 2015

ELCA : Draft for the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) still has room for improvement


The present draft for the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) in case of public tenders is evaluated critically by the European Landscape Contractors Association (ELCA). Though the European landscape gardeners welcome the implementation of the ESPD, which companies are to present in future in case of a participation in tendering procedures – however, from the point of view of the ELCA the present draft means considerably more bureaucratic work for the companies.

That is why the European Landscape Contractors Association demand further improvement. For example the ELCA-manager Hermann J. Kurth appeals to the European Commission to further simplify the ESPD and to eliminate uncertainties : “The self-declaration will only provide additional value if it means less bureaucracy for small and medium-sized companies. Therefore, the European Commission must make sure that the form only includes necessary information regarding the companies. Apart from that providing of the ESPD should only be necessary, if the company has no respective qualification on the basis of a national system.” The principle purpose of a uniform form of the self-declaration is to simplify tendering procedures for public authorities as well as for private tenderers allowing a better structuring of the suitability test.

The European Landscape Contractors Association (ELCA) is the European Association of garden, landscape and sports facility contractors. Founded in 1963, the Association represents the interests of over 90,000 businesses with an annual turnover of 30 billion Euro (2013) at the European level. Among others, the ELCA promotes the mutual exchange of information and experience and supports the vocational training of young people within the industry. It also supports European garden shows and the role of landscaping in urban development. Twenty-three national landscaping, gardening and sports ground building associations are currently full members of the ELCA, which also has five associate members.

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