More than six years have already passed since it came to light the Community Directive 2004/18/EC, which obliged European public administrations, among other issues, to incorporate new digital character in procurement procedures. With the entry of these electronic procedures, companies benefiting would be with regard to business opportunities and it would contribute to competition between suppliers, triggering a greater European economic growth. However, the implementation of an electronic contracting with European scope implies a great effort that requires the standardization of processes between the different Nations and complete interoperability between platforms, leaving behind the borders in the processing and allowing that each company can be competitive in any of the international scopes of contracting. The European Commission, which has developed a number of programmes of work in this regard, during the aforementioned period marked the year 2010 as a reference in the calendar so that all administrations definitely adopt those mechanisms that would make procurement a fully electronic procedure, term that has been extended until 2015 on the basis of the situation in which we find ourselves in this regard. Different administrations, over these six years, have evolved towards modernization and the implementation of European regulations, gradually entering the online world and engaging in the same measure, to supplier companies.

There are currently, in the Spanish State, very advanced administrations with regard to electronic public procurement, such as the Basque Government, which is very actively involved in the developments at European level; However, most of the administrations are progressing at a slower pace. All the efforts so far have been directed towards the automation of internal records management processes and the creation of a profile of the Contracting (required by the law of Public Sector contracts), being very few administrations that are betting for some time by a fully electronic public procurement. There are Software vendors that offer solutions for the management of records of hiring.