Services - 277962-2015

07/08/2015    S151    European Commission - Services - Contract notice - Open procedure 

Italy-Ispra: Framework contract for the operation, evaluation and evolution of the Global Land component of the Copernicus land service, 4 lots

2015/S 151-277962

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

European Commission, Joint Research Centre JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability
via Enrico Fermi 2749 (TP 581)
21027 Ispra VA
Italy
E-mail: jrc-ies-procurement@ec.europa.eu

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://web.jrc.ec.europa.eu/callsfortender/

Electronic access to information: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=1015

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
General public services
Other: Research.
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Framework contract for the operation, evaluation and evolution of the Global Land component of the Copernicus land service, 4 lots.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Contractor's site.
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 13 000 000 EUR
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The Copernicus European earth observation and monitoring programme has entered its operational phase following the adoption of the Regulation (EU) No 377/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3.4.2014 establishing the Copernicus Programme and repealing Regulation (EU) No 911/2010. The Global Land component is earmarked as a component of the land service and has been operational since 2013. The purpose of this contract is to operate, evaluate and evolve this Global Land component. It is organised in 4 lots. Lots 1, 2 and 3 are separate but not necessarily independent, while lot 4 is independent.
Lot 1: ‘Operation of the Global Land component, thematic domain vegetation and energy’.
Lot 2: ‘Operation of the Global Land component, thematic domain cryosphere and water’.
Lot 3: ‘Operation of the Global Land component, data distribution and user interface’.
Lot 4: ‘Product and service independent evaluation and user group’.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 90712000, 90712400, 90714100, 90700000, 90710000, 90711000, 90711300, 73110000, 73210000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 1
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Operation of the Global Land component: thematic domain vegetation and energy
1)Short description
Lot 1 is dealing with the core production of the Global Land products, oriented towards the vegetation and energy thematic domains. It is organised in 2 components:
(i) production;
(ii) algorithm maintenance and evolution.
The outcome will be a routine and regular operational production of satellite-based/derived bio-geophysical products that will be made available through lot 3 to the global user community.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 90712000, 90712400, 90714100, 90700000, 90710000, 90711000, 90711300, 73110000, 73210000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT: 7 200 000 EUR
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Operation of the Global Land component, thematic domain cryosphere and water
1)Short description
Lot 2 is dealing with the core production of the Global Land products, oriented towards the cryosphere and water thematic domains. It is organised in 2 components:
(i) production;
(ii) algorithm maintenance and evolution.
The outcome will be a routine and regular operational production of satellite-based/derived bio-geophysical products that will be made available through lot 3 to the global user community.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 90712000, 90712400, 90714100, 90700000, 90710000, 90711000, 90711300, 73110000, 73210000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT: 3 200 000 EUR
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Operation of the Global Land component, data distribution and user interface
1)Short description
Lot 3 will ensure the Global Land product distribution facility. It will archive and distribute products produced up to now under the GL service and will archive and distribute lot 1 and lot 2 produced products as well as eventual future products made operationally available by the GL service. It is organised in 4 activity lines: ‘user interface’, ‘data access’, ‘mirroring site’ and ‘evolution’.
The outcome will be a 365/24/7 available data and product Web distribution interface and facility for the Global Land service.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 90712000, 90712400, 90714100, 90700000, 90710000, 90711000, 90711300, 73110000, 73210000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 600 000 EUR
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Product and service independent evaluation and user group
1)Short description
The scope of lot 4 is to implement a high-quality and independent reviewing process to all aspects of activities carried out in lots 1, 2 and 3, as well as operating the Global Land technical user group interface.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 90712000, 90712400, 90714100, 90700000, 90710000, 90711000, 90711300, 73110000, 73210000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 000 000 EUR
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
None.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Please refer to tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Economic operators can submit a tender either as a sole tenderer or as partners in a consortium (with or without legal personality). In either case subcontracting is permitted. The tenderer must clearly specify the role of each economic operator — as a sole tenderer, a partner in a consortium or subcontractor. This also applies where the entities involved belong to the same economic group.
Each partner in a consortium assumes joint and several liability towards the contracting authority for implementation of the contract and will become a party to the contract if the consortium's tender is successful. The consortium shall nominate 1 legal entity (‘the leader’) who will have full authority to bind the consortium and each of its members during contract execution and will be responsible for the administrative management of the contract (invoicing, receiving payments, etc.) on behalf of all other partners.
Subcontracting is the situation where the contractor enters into legal commitments with other legal entities which will perform part of the contract on its behalf. The contractor retains full liability towards the contracting authority for implementation of the contract. Freelancing, drawing on the activities or staff of any other entirely different legal entity than the contractor, qualifies as subcontracting, independently of the applicable national law.
Tenderers must give an indication of the proportion of the contract that they intend to subcontract. They must also identify all subcontractors:
a) on whose capacities they rely to meet the minimum capacity levels under headings III.2.2 and III.2.3;
b) whose individual share of the contract is above 20 %.
Subcontractors in either situation a) or b) abovementioned must provide a letter of intent stating their willingness to participate in the performance of the contract as specified in the tender.
During contract execution any change of subcontractors will be subject to prior written approval of the contracting authority.
A sole tenderer or a consortium may also rely on the capacities of other entities for meeting the minimum capacity levels under headings III.2.2 and III.2.3, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them. If so, it must prove to the contracting authority that it will have the resources necessary for performance of the contract at its disposal, for example by providing an undertaking on the part of those entities. Reliance on the capacities of a third party which is a different legal entity from the sole tenderer or the consortium members, even though part of the same economic group, is considered subcontracting for the purposes of the procedure.
If the contract is awarded to a tenderer relying on a third party to provide more than 80 % of the minimum requirements for economic and financial capacity listed under heading III.2.2, the contracting authority will require that the third party sign the contract and become jointly liable for its execution together with the tenderer.
The role and tasks of each consortium partner and identified subcontractors must be clearly specified in the tender. The cover letter must give the name of the tenderer (including all partners in case of a consortium) and subcontractor(s), including third parties on whose capacities the tenderer relies, and the name of the single contact person in relation to this procedure. For consortia the cover letter must be signed by each partner, or by a partner duly authorised to sign the tender and the contract on behalf of all partners. In the latter case authorisation can be, for instance, in the form of a power of attorney, a letter of intent or a consortium agreement.
Tenderers (all partners in the case of a consortium) must also provide a legible copy of the notice of appointment of the persons authorised to represent the tenderer in dealings with third parties and in legal proceedings, or a copy of the publication of such appointment if the legislation which applies to the legal entity concerned requires such publication. Any delegation of this authorisation to another representative not indicated in the official appointment must be evidenced.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: 1. Exclusion of conflicts of interest:
Given the nature of the requested services, conflicts of interest have to be avoided between the contractors (and related subcontractors) providing services under lots 1, 2, 3 on one side and lot 4 on the other side. JRC Ispra deems that in order to avoid any conflict of interest, lot 1, lot 2 and lot 3 on one side and lot 4 on the other side of this call for tenders cannot be assigned to tenderers that are part of the same industrial and/or commercial group or organisation.
1 economic operator (or group of) is allowed to apply for 1 or more lots.
Lots will be awarded according to this order of award: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
For the sake of clarity 2 tenderers are considered to be part of the same industrial and/or commercial group or organisation if one of the 2 controls the other, e.g. owns more than 50 % of the shares of the other, or if more than 50 % of their shares belong to a common direct or indirect shareholder.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: 1. Exclusion criteria:
Tenderers will not be eligible to take part in this procedure if they are in any of the exclusion situations listed in Articles 106 and 107 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25.10.2012. Tenderers (including consortium partners) and subcontractors identified as per heading III.1.3 shall sign the declaration on honour (available on the contracting authority's website indicated in heading I.1) to declare that they are not in any of these situations.
The contracting authority requests that all tenderers (including all partners in case of a consortium) and all subcontractors identified by the tenderer in accordance with III.1.3 shall provide the supporting documents listed in Article 143(3) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29.10.2012, together with the declaration of honour.
The contracting authority may waive the obligation to submit the required supporting documents if such evidence has already been submitted to it for the purposes of another procurement procedure and provided that the issuing date of the documents does not exceed 1 year from the date of the award notification and that they are still valid. In such a case, the tenderer shall declare on his honour that the documentary evidence has already been provided in a previous procurement procedure and confirm that no changes in his situation have occurred.
2. Selection criteria:
Legal capacity:
Tenderers (all partners in the case of a consortium) shall prove that they have the legal capacity to perform the contract by providing a certificate of registration in the relevant trade or professional register in their country of establishment/incorporation. If the tenderer is not required or allowed to register in such a register for reasons related to its statute or legal status, the contracting authority may accept, as satisfactory evidence, a sworn declaration or certificate, membership of a specific organisation, express authorisation, or entry in the VAT register.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Tenderers must comply with the following criteria:
— annual turnover meeting the minimum capacity level,
— financial viability sufficient to undertake and perform the contract.
The following evidence must be provided by each tenderer (each partner in the case of a consortium) and each subcontractor on whose capacities the tenderer relies for meeting the minimum capacity level for economic and financial ability:
(1) copy of financial statements (balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and any other related financial information) for the past 2 financial years for which accounts have been closed, published and/or audited or, where publication/auditing is not required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established, self-certified as exact and sincere by the duly authorised representative. If the provided documents show net/gross loss in any of the requested years, the economic operator must furnish another document as proof of its financial and economic capacity, such as appropriate bank references or a letter/statement by certified auditors attesting to the economic operator's financial stability, proof of professional risk insurance, or an appropriate guarantee from a third party (e.g. the parent company). The contracting authority may waive the obligation of an economic operator to submit the documentary evidence referred to above if such evidence has already been submitted to it for the purposes of another procurement procedure and provided that it complies with the requirements of the present call for tenders. In such a case, the economic operator shall provide reference to the contract and Commission service for which the evidence has been provided;
2) a statement as to the economic operator's annual turnover and the annual turnover in the field covered by the contract, over the past 2 financial years for which accounts have been closed.
If, for some exceptional reason which the contracting authority considers justified, an economic operator is unable to produce the references required above, he may prove his economic and financial capacity by any other document which the contracting authority considers appropriate. In any case, the contracting authority must at least be notified of the exceptional reason and justification must be provided. The contracting authority reserves the right to request any other document enabling it to verify the economic operator's economic and financial capacity or to seek additional information and/or clarifications by any appropriate means (websites, official bodies, etc.). The contracting authority may waive the obligation of an economic operator to submit the documentary evidence referred to above if such evidence has already been submitted to it for the purposes of another procurement procedure and provided that it complies with the requirements of the present call for tenders. In such a case, the economic operator shall provide reference to the contract and Commission service for which the evidence has been provided. The contracting authority reserves the right not to select a tenderer where the evidence provided gives rise to major concerns on its financial viability to perform the contract and the tenderer has failed to mitigate these concerns by submitting observations or other evidence of financial viability.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The annual turnover for each of the past 2 financial years must be:
— lot 1 at least 3 600 000 EUR,
— lot 2 at least 1 600 000 EUR,
— lot 3 at least 800 000 EUR,
— lot 4 at least 500 000 EUR.
This minimum will be assessed in relation to the tenderer as a whole, including the combined capacities of all partners in case of a consortium and all subcontractors.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
All lots:
(a) proof that tenderers are authorised to perform the contract under national law, as evidenced by inclusion in a trade or professional register, or a sworn declaration or certificate, membership of a specific organisation, express authorisation, or entry in the VAT register;

(b) a description of the professional qualifications (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/home or equivalent — relevant studies, education and experience, knowledge and skills) of the members of the team the service provider will allocate to the contract. The qualifications shall demonstrate the capabilities of the assigned team in the area of the contract. In order to harmonise the evaluation of staff qualifications in the tendering procedure, tenderers are requested to group CVs in predefined profiles. Each proposed CV can appear only under 1 profile. The precise contractual link with the tenderer must be specified. It is reminded that freelancing qualifies as subcontracting (see point III.1.3).

The list of available human resources envisaged for working in execution of the contract shall demonstrate the following capacity and expertise to carry out the services requested:
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For lots 1 and 2 tenderers shall propose the following profiles:
1) contract coordinator;
2) data quality manager;
3) contract review manager;
4) senior scientist(s) with expertise needed/ensured to define and test algorithm preparation, adaptation and modifications for each of the following groups of bio-geophysicial parameters:
Lot 1:
a. vegetation — fractionally-absorbed PAR (FAPAR) (ECV T. 7);
b. vegetation — leaf area index (LAI) (ECV T.8);
c. vegetation — moderate resolution dynamic global land cover (ECV T.61.1);
d. vegetation — fractional cover (Fcover);
e. vegetation — normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI);
f. vegetation — vegetation condition index (VCI);
g. vegetation — vegetation productivity indicator (VPI);
h. vegetation — dry matter productivity (DMP) (relates to ECV T.9);
i. vegetation — greenness evolution index;
j. vegetation — phenology;
k. vegetation — burnt area (ECV T.10);
l. vegetation — active fires (ECV T.10);
m. energy — surface albedo (ECV T.5);
n. energy — top of canopy spectral reflectance;
o. energy — land surface temperature (ECV T.12);
p. energy — surface soil moisture (ECV T.11);
q. energy — soil water index;
r. energy — evapotranspiration (ETA).
Lot 2:
a. cryosphere — snow area extent;
b. cryosphere — snow water equivalent (ECV T.2);
c. cryosphere — lake ice coverage;
d. water — lake surface water temperature;
e. water — areas of water bodies (ECV T.1.1);
f. water — coastal;
g. water — water level (lakes and rivers) (ECV T.1.2);
h. water — lake surface reflectance, lake turbidity and trophic state;
5) senior software engineer with expertise needed to maintain and update the operational processing chains, including the integration of new or updated algorithms needed to generate improved bio-geophysical parameters;
for lot 3 tenderers shall propose the following profiles:
1) contract coordinator;
2) data quality manager;
3) contract review manager;
4) senior scientist(s) with expertise needed/ensured in the field of spatial data analysis and statistical processing tools, specifically in view of Web-based tools development/adaptation/implementation;
5) senior hard- and software engineering expertise needed to maintain and update the operational archiving and distribution chains, including the integration of Web-based spatial data analytical and processing tools, to define and test at least the following:
a. archiving of large spatial datasets;
b. spatial database development and management;
c. Web-based, INSPIRE compliant, data dissemination systems;
d. Web-based data analysis tools;
e. hard- and software development, adaptation and installation;
for lot 4 tenderers shall propose the following profiles:
1) audit and review manager;
2) technical user group manager;
3) senior scientist(s) with experience in the field of earth observation data analysis, statistical analysis, production of technical documentation in the field of remote sensing data products.
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(c) a list of principal clients and services provided over the course of the past 3 financial years with an indication of the value of the services provided, dates and recipients. The list must demonstrate their capacities for undertaking the tasks foreseen.
In the case of groupings of contractors, even when the technical capacity must be demonstrated by the grouping as a whole, the documents required in this section must be supplied by every member of the grouping and by subcontractors to whom more than 20 % of the estimated total value of the contract will be subcontracted.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Criterion (b):
Lots 1 and 2:
1) Contract coordinator:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in project coordination and management to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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2) Data quality manager:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in data quality monitoring and management to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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3) Contract review manager:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in data quality monitoring and management to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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4) Senior scientist(s):
(1) holder of a PhD degree with > 5 years' experience or a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 10 years' experience;
(2) relevant experience to be demonstrated through participation as research team leader in scientific or industrial projects of similar size on the specific domain during the last 3 years;
(3) proven reputation and scientific quality established through a record of scientific publications on the specific domain in peer-reviewed journals.
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5) Senior software engineer:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' experience in software engineering;
(2) relevant experience in data processing chain development and maintenance, including integration of third-party algorithms and participation in system review process, to be demonstrated through evidence of relevant participation in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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Lot 3:
1) Contract coordinator:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in project coordination and management to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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2) Data quality manager:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in process quality and data distribution monitoring and management to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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3) Contract review manager:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in data quality monitoring and management to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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4) Senior scientist(s):
(1) holder of a PhD degree with > 5 years' experience or a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 10 years' experience;
(2) relevant experience to be demonstrated through participation as research team leader in scientific or industrial projects of similar size on the specific domain during the last 3 years;
(3) proven reputation and scientific quality established through a record of scientific publications on the specific domain in peer-reviewed journals.
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5) Data management and Web applications engineer:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in data management and Web-based map and spatial data analysis applications to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
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Lot 4:
1) Audit and review manager:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in the management of audits and reviews to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in that capacity in major scientific or industrial projects in the field during the last 3 years.
2) Technical user group manager:
(1) holder of a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 5 years' professional experience;
(2) relevant experience in low-resolution satellite data for land monitoring applications and in the production and management of technical documentation to be demonstrated through evidence of participation in an equivalent capacity in scientific or industrial projects of similar size in the field during the last 3 years.
3) Senior scientist(s):
(1) holder of a PhD degree with > 5 years' experience or a university degree giving access to PhD degree with > 10 years' experience;
(2) relevant experience to be demonstrated through participation as research team leader in scientific or industrial projects of similar size on the specific domain during the last 3 years;
(3) proven reputation and scientific quality established through a record of scientific publications on the specific domain in peer-reviewed journals.
Criterion (c):
Lots 1 and 2:
Computing capacity to process timely, simultaneously and reliably at least 5 geophysical parameters from low-resolution satellite data and at continental and/or global scale, in near real-time operational conditions and/or off-line data reprocessing.
Lot 3:
Computing capacity to operate an Internet-based data ordering and distribution system.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
Lowest price
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
JRC/IPR/2015/H.5/0026/OC.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 25.9.2015
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
25.9.2015
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
Any EU official language
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 1.10.2015 - 10:00

Place:

Entrance Building, room 7, first floor, reception building, JRC Ispra VA, ITALY.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes

Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Max. 1 authorised representative can attend the opening session. The request must be sent to jrc-ies-procurement@ec.europa.eu at least 3 working days prior to the opening, together with a copy of the identity card/passport.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
Documents and communications related to this procedure are available free of charge at the following website:

https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=1015

Any additional information and reply to requests for clarifications will be published there. It is therefore the responsibility of economic operators to check the website on a regular basis.
Based on Article 134(1)(f) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29.10.2012 during the 3 years following conclusion of the original contract the contracting authority may use the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice to procure additional services consisting of the repetition of similar services (up to a maximum of 50 % of the original contract value) from the economic operator to whom the contract is awarded.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

General Court
rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
2925 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
Fax: +352 4303-2100

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: You may submit any observations concerning the award procedure to the contracting authority indicated under heading I.1.

If you believe that there was maladministration, you may lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman within 2 years of the date when you became aware of the facts on which the complaint is based (see http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu). Such complaint does not have as an effect either to suspend the time limit to launch an appeal or to open a new period for lodging an appeal.

Within 2 months of the notification of the award decision you may lodge an appeal to the body referred to in VI.4.1.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

General Court
rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
2925 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
Fax: +352 4303-2100

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
28.7.2015