Cloud company eBuilder partners with ATEXO
The Swedish Cloud Process company eBuilder and the French e-government software company ATEXO have agreed to embark upon a European cooperation that will offer customers a complete solution with processes for eProcurement, eSourcing, and supplier connections across Europe.
Government agencies are the largest buyers in the European Union; government purchases in Europe account for about 16 percent of total GDP, which is equal to €1,500 billion. But government agencies lag behind major industries when it comes to electronic data exchange with suppliers for eProcurement and eSourcing.
Governments want to manage their key processes with suppliers, such as tenders, orders, delivery notes, catalogs, invoices, and payments electronically. Lack of common standards for electronic information and a common eProcurement infrastructure have been obstacles to achieving this goal, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that want to participate in public procurement processes in Europe.
EU member states have therefore put in place the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) project to transform public procurement significantly with the goal of strengthening SME competitiveness and participation.
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From 2011 to 2013, over 200 Swedish government agencies and organizations will procure new IT solutions for e-commerce. This same challenge awaits virtually all countries in the EU.
"We have been designated as one of three suppliers to the Swedish National Financial Management Authority,” Lars Ringsby, senior vice president of business development at eBuilder, said. “We are now building a European network of strategic partners to support the implementation of PEPPOL across the EU eBuilder's and ATEXO's common solution can be used by all EU countries and Norway, as well as in other markets.”
"Governments, local authorities and agencies are seeking efficiency in their procurement. They need a global solution that ranges from tendering to the end of the delivery-invoicing-payment process and that is designed to comply with the legal specificities of public procurement,” Pierre Fau, managing director at ATEXO, said.
The joint offering of eBuilder and ATEXO is the only integrated solution for both pre-award and post-award public procurement. This cooperation is long-lasting, originated in 2007 on the PROCURE project, a parent project of PEPPOL, of cross-border European e-tendering.
Edited by Kevin Scarpati
EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”