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About Public Administration Electronic Market (Mercato Elettronico della Pubblica Amministrazione)

The Public Administration Electronic Market (Mercato Elettronico della Pubblica Amministrazione - MEPA) is a real market where buyers and suppliers can exchange goods and services and, as in any market, buyers and sellers can interact and negotiate prices and quantities.

The MEPA was established under the Public Administration expenditure rationalization Program by Presidential Decree n. 101 of April 4, 2002 and it represents a major innovation in the way the information exchange and the commercial relationships between Government and Public Bodies and the supply market are conceived.

It is a selective, i.e. accessible only by authorized users (Government and Public Bodies and Suppliers), direct purchase Market.

Government and Public bodies that are registered with the Electronic Market can access electronic catalogues where users can browse through increasingly specific product categories and families until they find the exact product they want to purchase.

Once goods or services have been selected, it is possible to:

• perform a product comparison: select similar goods and services offered by different Suppliers and perform a detailed comparative analysis of their technical specifications

• issue a purchase order: send through the system a digitally signed purchase order to the Supplier

• issue a request for quotation: negotiate more favorable prices and conditions for the products included in the catalogue by requesting Suppliers to submit ad hoc proposals

This new tool for matching supply and demand provides numerous benefits for Government and Public bodies in terms of:

- reduction in purchasing process costs and negotiation time as it allows to rapidly negotiate more favorable prices and conditions;

- access to a wider range of potential authorized/certified suppliers (that meet proven efficiency and reliability standards) that allows to identify more competitive suppliers;

- improved and easier product comparison and information transparency from the use of consolidated on-line catalogues;

- the capability to effectively track purchases and therefore control expenses by eliminating all paper-based documentation.