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Vince Farrugia, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Maltese Employers representative, has this week participated in the EESC Plenary Session where two important papers for which he was Rapporteur were adopted as EESC papers.
The first Report on e-procurement based on the European Commission (EC) consultation taking the form of a Green Paper which seeks the views of interested parties on how the EU can help Member States to speed up and facilitate the procurement process. E-procurement refers to the use of electronic communication and transaction processing by government institutions and other public sector organisations when buying supplies and services or tendering public works.
In his paper Mr Farrugia makes a number of conclusions and recommendations to the EC. Implementation of an inter-European e-procurement framework is a cornerstone for the proper functioning of commerce within the internal market given the importance of public procurement vis-à-vis the GDP of each Member State.
All calls for public procurement in Member States – below as well as above the threshold – are published in the portal of the national contracting authority. SMEs would be assisted either through direct capacity building initiatives, setting up of e‑procurement Facilitating Support Centres by national, regional contracting authorities or constituted bodies representing SMEs through national and EU financing – to ensure that SMEs and micro-enterprises embrace and leverage e‑procurement.
Following unanimous approval by the section this paper yesterday achieved formal approval when it went straight to the vote.
The second paper adopted concerned the EC Communication which outlines the most serious tax problems that EU citizens face in cross-border situations and announces plans for solutions. When individuals move or work or invest abroad, they can encounter double taxation and other difficulties such as in claiming tax refunds and in obtaining information on foreign tax rules.
In the paper the EESC makes a number of important recommendations:
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