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29/03/2017    S62

Belgium-Brussels: Various studies

2017/S 062-115368

Prior information notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Postal address: avenue de Beaulieu 25
Town: Brussels
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
Contact person: See point II.8 in Section II.B

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/

Address of the buyer profile: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/connect/

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

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
Other: Communications networks, content and technology.
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Various studies.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Intentionally empty.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79419000 Evaluation consultancy services, 79310000 Market research services, 73210000 Research consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Digital innovation hubs network — SMART 2017/0001.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The objective is to enhance the potential of digital hubs and accelerators across Europe in making them work together, develop common projects and construct a digital community that can increase the European competitiveness.
The aim is to connect all the European digital stakeholders and hubs in order to develop an integration and cooperation plan designed to generate common projects and the creation of European digital accelerators that can use the full potential existing across Europe.
The preparatory action will consist in:
— the identification of the network of hubs and accelerators and of their comparative advantages and multiplicative effect potential,
— the assessment of their current status and their development and cooperation potential,
— the creation of an active and animated experts and stakeholders working group,
— the generation of a common integration plan based of concrete projects,
— the elaboration of policy solutions that can help reinforce the ties and the cooperation between the European hubs and accelerators.
This action should build on existing initiatives and complement them. The goal is also to define concrete instruments to mainstream innovation, exploiting the resources available in the network of digital innovation hubs in Europe.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, A1.

E-mail: cnect-a1@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Study on the implementation of the net neutrality provisions of the TSM Regulation — SMART 2017/0011.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The objective of the study is to contribute to the preparation of the Commission report on the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The study will:
1) collect factual information about the actual implementation of the net neutrality provisions of the Regulation by national regulatory authorities across EU Member States;
2) provide an assessment of this implementation, looking in particular at the way in which NRAs have taken BEREC guidelines into account;
3) suggest options where necessary for possible amendments to the Regulation, taking into account technology and market developments.
The study should assess all the elements of the Regulation, paying special attention to the most sensitive issues raised during the preparation of the Regulation and the guidelines, including:
— the regulatory treatment of commercial practices, in particular of zero-rating,
— the assessment by NRAs of traffic management practices, paying special attention to reasonable traffic management and the 3 specific exceptions which the Regulation allows for exceptional traffic management,
— the assessment of specialised services and their interaction with the Internet access service,
— the implementation by NRAs of the transparency requirements included in the Regulation.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, B1.

E-mail: cnect-b1@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Study in support of an impact assessment (IA) on future bandwidth needs for the 5G deployment in the Union — SMART 2017/0015.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Bands above 24 GHz (so-called mm waves) are suitable for short-range wireless communications at very high speeds utilising a very high bandwidth. Following the planned actions in the 5GAP on making radio spectrum timely available for 5G services, the Commission should issue relevant technical harmonisation measures for spectrum bands above the 24 GHz which need to be accompanied by an impact assessment. This study will support the Commission in assessing the impacts of technical harmonisation of high-priority mm-wave bands (including the 26 GHz, 32 GHz and 40 GHz bands) in support of the 5GAP. It will put particular scrutiny on incumbent services (such as satellite or fixed wireless) and their coexistence with new 5G terrestrial services in terms of aggregate socio-economic benefits and costs.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, B4.

E-mail: cnect-b4@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Broadband: implementing a European gigabit society: input to the impact assessment for the MFF — SMART 2017/0018.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The objective of the study is to contribute to the impact assessment (IA) accompanying the Commission proposal for the new MFF by identifying the scope of the intervention related to broadband and then quantify the funding needs. The study will in particular take into account funding needs related to the following strategic objectives identified in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions ‘Connectivity for a Competitive Digital Single Market — Towards a European Gigabit Society’ (SWD(2016) 300 final):
— gigabit connectivity for all main socio-economic drivers such as schools, transport hubs and main providers of public services as well as digitally intensive enterprises,
— all urban areas and all major terrestrial transport paths to have uninterrupted 5G coverage,
— all European households, rural or urban, will have access to Internet connectivity offering a downlink of at least 100 Mbps, upgradable to gigabit speed.
For each of these objectives the study will quantify overall funding needs, identify potential projects or processes for the emergence of such projects, will analyse to which extent the achievement of a given objective should be financed at EU level and then will quantity necessary funding in the new MFF. Secondly, the study will identify funding needs in the area of free wireless initiative, taking into account in particular lessons learned from the first stage of the implementation of WiFi4EU initiative. The study should assess whether the scale and/or the scope of this initiative should be extended, in particular towards other mostly demand-side measures. Thirdly, the study will assess funding needs related to technical assistance/knowledge transfers/other forms of programme support.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, B5.

E-mail: cnect-b5@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Blockchain infrastructure for public services and businesses in Europe — SMART 2017/0044.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The study should investigate the feasibility and prepare for possible deployment of a European blockchain infrastructure enabling industries, citizens and public authorities to benefit from advanced services based on smart contracts, smart use/sharing of data, through reliant, immutable, transparent and authenticated, distributed ledgers. It should serve specific-use cases typical to public sector responsibilities and address more specifically services delivered cross-border and cross-sector.
It should build on existing blockchain initiatives, including those already launched at national or local/city level, and liaise with other relevant EU actions.
The study should notably investigate possible interoperability between (or integration of) blockchain infrastructures and building blocks, notably those developed under the connecting Europe facility programme (e.g. how the CEF e-identification, e-verification, business registries, etc., building blocks can be integrated or connected with a blockchain infrastructure).
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79310000 Market research services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, F3.

E-mail: cnect-f3@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Framework of best practices to tackle child sexual abuse online — SMART 2017/0066.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Analysis of the legal environments in which Internet hotlines processing reports on child sexual abuse content online operate. The outcomes of the study will feed into concrete recommendations on how hotlines and the network of hotlines can improve their capacity and capability and enlarge their portfolio to contribute to the effective removal of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). A qualitative research will cover all EU Member States, identifying the challenges and obstacles faced by the hotlines tackling child sexual abuse content. The research will include a comprehensive and thorough analysis of the specific situation in each Member State and include the following:
— a description of how and on which legal basis the hotline work with various stakeholders such as law enforcement, ministries and hosting Internet service providers,
— an assessment of the efficiency of the procedures put in place for cooperating with stakeholders and for removing and monitoring the content assessed as child sexual abuse content, at national level, on EU- and global cross-border level,
— an assessment of the appropriateness of the technical infrastructure, including security measures,
— an assessment of performance indicators,
— an assessment of data management by the hotlines,
— an assessment of the visibility of the hotlines.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, G3.

E-mail: CNECT-g3@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Analysis of the implementing options identified for the implementing acts defined in the Web Accessibility Directive (technical specifications, accessibility statements, monitoring methodologies and reporting schemes) — SMART 2017/0068.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Web Accessibility Directive, published in December 2016 requires the Commission to adopt implementing acts by the end of 2018, establishing:
i) a monitoring methodology;
ii) a reporting scheme;
iii) a model statement of accessibility; and
iv) technical specifications for the accessibility of mobile applications.
The objective of the study is to collect and analyse information to evaluate and assess the impact of the implementing options identified during the preparation of the abovementioned implementing acts.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, G3.

E-mail: cnect-g3@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Developing political guidance for Member States to implement the outcome of the eGovernment benchmarking data analysis and report — SMART 2017/0076.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 10: Market research and public opinion polling services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The study will be based on the previous elements of the EU benchmarking exercise, data collection, reporting on the status of eGovernment service provision in the EU28 (and beyond) and provision of country level-insights. The main objective of the study is to thoroughly re-analyse the data collection and reporting with the clear angle of coming up with country specific as well as overall politically actionable recommendations.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79310000 Market research services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, H4.

E-mail: cnect-h4@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
EID/mID for migrants and assessing gaps for future R&D in the field — SMART 2017/0078.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The digital development policy aims to carry out activities as a DSM policy outreach towards developing and emerging economies and promote our ideas on the impact of digital technologies and services on sustainable development of nations. Within this initiative, an important action would be to provide for a proper and secure identification, which is a precondition for people to be citizens in their countries, allowing the exercise of citizen's rights like voting, access to justice and health systems; facilitating both the access to basic services like education or social assistance and the fulfilment of duties like paying taxes and also facilitating also cross-border movements.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, H4.

E-mail: cnect-h4@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
From open government to value-added data-driven services — SMART 2017/0079.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Pursuing the open government approach, there is increasing interest in moving towards open data and re-usable, modular services, which can be assembled using their interfaces (APIs) to facilitate the creation of new services. In addition, combining these with big data sets can have a great potential for providing services in real time. The study will explore how the public sector can capitalise from an open API ecosystem. The study will carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the value of the API-economy to better understand its potential economic impact and examine the barriers (legal, technical, etc.) for achieving it. The study will also identify how big data can be integrated into the ecosystem (legally, technically, etc.) and what additional benefits (economic, social, etc.) it would bring.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, H4.

E-mail: cnect-h4@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Study on transparency in algorithms and promotion of media literacy/empowerment online — SMART 2017/0081.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 10: Market research and public opinion polling services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The objective of the study is to examine the following issues: what is the level of awareness among the European population about the existence of algorithms that organise the result of search engines and social media feeds? What is the level of awareness among the European population on the role that these algorithms play in filtering and organising online content? What assumptions do citizens make regarding the editorial responsibility of content aggregators? How does this level of awareness affect the perception of the reliability of online content among European citizens? What are the options to improve the overall ability of online content aggregator service so that users are able to assess the quality of the content they consume online? What cognitive issues do current practices raise from the perspective of behavioural economics.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79310000 Market research services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, I1.

E-mail: cnect-i1@ec.europa.eu

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Preparation of impact assessment post — ‘Creative Europe’. Assessment of the financial gap in equity and debt financing for SMEs from the cultural and creative sectors — SMART 2017/0085.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The study will focus on a comprehensive mapping and evaluation of access to equity and debt financing and will ultimately contribute to the impact assessment for the successor of the creative Europe programme. The objective of the study includes a detailed ex ante evaluation identifying market imperfections or failures, or sub-optimal investment situations and assessing investment needs in view of the policy objectives related to companies and organisations from the cultural and creative sectors.
Total amount of contracts to be launched under categories 10 and 11: 4 740 000 EUR.

Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000 Research consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Responsible unit: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, I3.

E-mail: cnect-i3@ec.europa.eu

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes

Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/

VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
17.3.2017