Genoa’s interest in the best practice “Accord Card scheme” from Aberdeen, which provides a means of accessing a wide range of both national and local services to the citizens of Aberdeen, and in Tartu’s best practice about E-Procurement in Estonia.
The CCIC partners from Aberdeen visited partners in Genoa to explain more about the ‘Accord Card’.
The Accord Card scheme provides a means of accessing a wide range of both national and local services to the citizens of Aberdeen. Over 100.000 cards have been issued over the past 10 years with each card carrying those services to which the cardholder is entitled.
The city of Genoa is very interested in its use for the school catering service. In fact, the Accord card is used at all twelve local authority secondary schools to load and spend money at the catering facilities (inc. vending). Money is loaded onto the card, stored on its electronic purse and spent at tills/ vending machines in the dining area. Students entitled to free school meals have this entitlement electronically loaded onto their card and £2.35 is automatically credited to their card each day. These cards look exactly the same as other cards and are used in exactly the same way helping to remove any stigma attached with free school meals. Each year approximately £1.000.000 is loaded to the Accord card and spent at the catering facilities at secondary schools with a school roll of approximately 9.500 students. The cashless catering electronic purse can also be credited via the Internet on the Council web-site.
In April 2014, the partners from Genoa went to Tallinn to get more details on the topic of E-procurement in Estonia.
The E-procurement environment was launched on 2 February 2011 in order to provide innovative workspace for contracting authorities. The environment consists of an information portal where all relevant procurement information is gathered and of a Public Procurement Register through which contracting authorities can publish procurements and tenderers can participate therein.
The city of Genoa is very interested in this case, because innovative procurement requires a change in the behavior of tenderers, which is a long-term process. Also innovation is often used in sectors where public sector purchasing power is weak; therefore technology development can not be influenced enough.
The European Commission is pushing in this direction and has made a legislative proposal to make E-procurement mandatory by 2016, from which it expects savings of 100 billion Euros per year for the public administrations of the European Union.
Another partner which took part in the e-procurement DD sessions was Sofia Municipality. The Bulgarian procurement experts who visited Tallinn gained valuable insight on the good practice’s procedures and were able to assess in detail and further develop their RIP vision.