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Germany-Frankfurt am Main: Digital Euro Consultancy
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Digital Euro Consultancy
The European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking through this negotiated procedure suppliers for the provision of consultancy services for digital euro design, business model and realisation with regard to the investigation – and eventually realisation – phase of a digital euro. The ECB intends to award a framework contract (the ‘Framework Contract’) to the suppliers offering the best value for money. The envisaged number of framework contracts to be awarded is five.
Mainly on the ECB premises in Frankfurt am Main area and/or from locations within the EEA.
The ECB is seeking through this procurement procedure to acquire strategic partners for consultancy services that allow the delivery of excellent, strategic capabilities to support solving complex questions that are not only new to the ECB but also globally in the context of central banking digital currencies (CBDCs).
The services to be provided under the scope of this tender procedure are related to:
• the investigation phase of the digital euro project; and
• subject to the decision of the ECB Governing Council to continue the project after the investigation phase – realisation phase of the digital euro project.
Up to two renewals of 12 months duration each can be unilaterally requested by the ECB.
Following the pre-qualification phase 10 candidates are envisaged to be invited to tender. This number is twice the number of five successful bidders that are envisaged to be awarded with a framework agreement after the bidding phase and a potential subsequent negotiation phase.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
See the details in the call for applications documentation related to this tender.
In line with the terms and conditions of the draft contract, which will be provided to the sucessful candidates as part of the invitation to tender.
Section IV: Procedure
Duration of 48 months, with a maximum of two annual extensions that can be unilaterally requested by the ECB.
Section VI: Complementary information
This tender procedure is conducted via the ECB’s electronic tendering system (e-tendering) which can be accessed via the following internet address:
If you have not used the ECB’s electronic tendering system before, you need to register via the above link (click on ‘Register’). Subsequently to the registration, you will receive an automated notification with your user credentials to log in (click on ‘Login’) and to access the tender documentation. Please note that:
— a registration to the above system is only required once and you can reuse your user credentials in all future procedures of the ECB which are conducted via the above system. Therefore, please keep your user credentials for the future;
— in case you should have participated in previous ECB tender procedure(s) in the past which were conducted via the ECB’s prior online system, you nevertheless need to register once to the ECB’s electronic tendering system under the above address;
— your mere registration does not constitute an application/tender. You must submit your application/tender via the ECB’s electronic tendering system as further instructed in the application/tender documentation.
The system reference number for the above procurement is: RFX-PT-2022-000002: PRO-007480-R1-Digital euro consultancy
To download the tender documents, log on to the ECB’s electronic tendering system with your login and password. Expand the field ‘Public Tenders – Upcoming Events’. Click on ‘Click to request an invitation to this event’ for the above procedure and close the new window which opens. Once the request is completed (this can take a few minutes), the status of the participation request will change to ‘Invited’ and the RFx documentation will be accessible via the RFx tab.
Under the above link you also find user guides for detailed information on how to use the system and contact details for technical support.
Should you require technical help when using the system, please contact the ECB’s technical support team at email@example.com by quoting the reference number and the problem experienced.
Any other queries relating to this procurement procedure and the content of the procurement documentation shall be submitted as message via the ECB’s e-tendering system (under the tab ‘Discussion’).
The ECB endeavours to answer all queries as quickly as possible but cannot guarantee a minimum time response. The ECB shall not be bound to reply to queries received less than seven calendar days before the time-limit for the submission of tenders.
The tender procedure is conducted in accordance with ECB Decision 2016/2 laying down the Rules on Procurement (as amended), available on the ECB website at https://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/legal/1001/procurement/html/index.en.html
Within 10 days of receipt of the notification in accordance with Article 34(1) or the first sentence of Article 34(3) of ECB Decision 2016/2 laying down the Rules on Public Procurement. Further requirements are outlined in Article 39 of this Decision. A complaint to the European Ombudsman does not affect the deadline for lodging appeals.