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Services - 99799-2022

25/02/2022    S40

Germany-Frankfurt am Main: Digital Euro Consultancy

2022/S 040-099799

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Central Bank
Postal address: Sonnemannstrasse 22
Town: Frankfurt am Main
NUTS code: DE712 Frankfurt am Main, Kreisfreie Stadt
Postal code: 60314
Country: Germany
Contact person: Ms Erika Paslauskaite
Telephone: +49 69/13440
Internet address(es):
Main address:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Digital Euro Consultancy

Reference number: PRO-007480
II.1.2)Main CPV code
66171000 Financial consultancy services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

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.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 20 000 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72221000 Business analysis consultancy services
72222300 Information technology services
73200000 Research and development consultancy services
73210000 Research consultancy services
79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services
79410000 Business and management consultancy services
79411100 Business development consultancy services
79900000 Miscellaneous business and business-related services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: DE712 Frankfurt am Main, Kreisfreie Stadt
Main site or place of performance:

Mainly on the ECB premises in Frankfurt am Main area and/or from locations within the EEA.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

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.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 60
Price - Weighting: 40
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 20 000 000.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Up to two renewals of 12 months duration each can be unilaterally requested by the ECB.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

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.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

See the details in the call for applications documentation related to this tender.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

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

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Competitive procedure with negotiation
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 5
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

Duration of 48 months, with a maximum of two annual extensions that can be unilaterally requested by the ECB.

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
IV.1.5)Information about negotiation
The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 25/03/2022
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 31/05/2022
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 12 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
VI.3)Additional 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 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

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Procurement Review Body of the European Central Bank, c/o Legal Advice Team
Postal address: Sonnemannstrasse 22
Town: Frankfurt am Main
Postal code: 60314
Country: Germany
Telephone: +49 6913440
Fax: +49 6913446886
Internet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
Official name: The European Ombudsman
Postal address: 1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman, CS 30403
Town: Strasbourg Cedex
Postal code: 67001
Country: France
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

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.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Official name: Central Procurement Office of the European Central Bank c/o Legal Advice Team
Postal address: Sonnemannstrasse 22
Town: Frankfurt am Main
Postal code: 60314
Country: Germany
Telephone: +49 6913440
Fax: +49 6913447110
Internet address:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: