E-Procurement Becomes Compulsory as of April

Complying with its EU harmonization obligation, Hungary mandates application of electronic communication in public procurement procedures.

Originally, compulsory electronic communication would have been introduced as of December 31, 2017, but the Parliament passed a law on November 28, 2017, which postponed the application of compulsory electronic communication until April 15, 2018.

Electronic communication will be carried out via a central, uniform, state operated electronic public procurement system aka EKR. The objective of EKR is to make procedures more transparent and faster, to reduce administration and simplify controlling processes.

The EKR is already up and running and can be used optionally during the present transitional period, however, currently the procedure must be initiated also in paper form. From January 1, 2018 on, paper-based communication may be completely eliminated when using the EKR. In addition, from April 15, 2018 on, electronic communication will be the only option for maintaining contact in the course of public procurement procedures.

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