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17.5 million of public tenders are being released on today, covering 2003-2017 for selected countries

last modified Jan 29, 2018 10:03 AM

The Horizon 20-20 DIGIWHIST research team launches today, with millions of public contracts from over 30 European countries. is a platform that allows to search for public tenders in 35 European jurisdictions (28 EU member states, Norway, the European Commission, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Georgia and Armenia). While the data coverage varies greatly according to the transparency of countries, the researchers have scrapped all publicly available data and designed apps allowing to calculate fraud risk and trace companies enjoying favorite treatment.

Journalists, public authorities or tender losers may now use this platform to check if either the process, the contractor or the participants have a clean record in getting or granting public contracts and to react accordingly. Ordinary citizens can also use the user friendly and become digital whistleblowers. You could check on the tenders of your local authority, see if the mayor next door has not built a cheaper school faster for the same money, and check the record of the construction company delaying public work in your city in another European country! The platform enables you to:

search data on tenders, companies and authorities;

compare across sectors, suppliers and buyers;

evaluate administrative capacity, transparency and integrity of tenders;

or simply visualize data on public tenders in 35 jurisdictions.


The total value of tenders included is of 27 200 billion EUR. Periods differ by country, the longest time series goes back to 2003 (Norway) with all data up to date until end 2017.

The DIGIWHIST consortium research was enabled by a Horizon 20-20 research grant.

You may want to check also the public accountability regulation of the EU-28 plus six neighboring countries on, the regulation repository created by the same team, which enables you for the first time to compare across European accountability regulatory frameworks.

The members of the consortium are

  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • Hertie School of Governance, Germany
  • Government Transparency Institute, Hungary
  • DATLAB, Czech Republic
  • Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, Germany
  • Transcrime (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Italy

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