Front cover of our EU Covid-19 procurement report

European Procurement Around Covid-Our Data Analysis

December 17, 2020
Analysis, Procurement

Procurement data often uses CPV or Common Procurement Vocabulary codes as a classification of different notices.

In creating the Assessment of European Procurement Around Covid report, we were able to analyse Covid-19 data by identifying CPV codes commonly associated with Covid-19 tenders and contracts.

Although not all data publishers put CPV codes on notices, where notices do not have one, we have allocated a CPV code through our naive Bayesian machine learning scripts based on that notice’s title and description.
As part of our OpenOpps Covid-19 tool, we also developed a classification of common terms in tenders and contracts around Covid-19;

Covid contracts – all
Through these filters, we were able to source contracts from TED. We opted to use only contracts that had values to allow meaningful comparisons between countries. We extracted tenders with a value and amended where values were poor or inconsistent.

This is because notices on TED often lack either a value or have a value that cannot be parsed as a number e.g 3.000.000.0000. Where numbers do exist, they are sometimes inconsistent, for example, having a stated value that is directly contradicted elsewhere on the notice.

In one notice for a German state, we found a value of €7m and €7bn for C-19 equipment on the same notice.

To read the Assessment of European Procurement Around Covid Report in full, please click here.

To discuss our work on this report, or your own procurement data needs,get in touch.

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