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Belgium-Brussels: Provision of External Expertise on Regulatory and Policy Issues in the Fields of Environment and Sustainable Development (Lot 1), Climate Change (Lot 2), Public Health (Lot 3) and Food Safety (Lot 4)
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
Section II: Object
Provision of External Expertise on Regulatory and Policy Issues in the Fields of Environment and Sustainable Development (Lot 1), Climate Change (Lot 2), Public Health (Lot 3) and Food Safety (Lot 4)
The planned framework service contract is intended to support the work of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in the European Parliament by enabling it to order studies, in-depth analysis, briefings, workshops.
Environment and Sustainable Development
This lot covers all issues related to environment and sustainable development policies, among them, in particular:
— air, soil and water pollution, noise levels and the protection of biodiversity, land use and forestry,
— waste management targets for prevention, reuse and recycling in the context of the circular economy,
— civil protection and restoration of environmental damage,
— international and regional measures and agreements aimed at protecting the environment,
— environmental impact assessment and green public procurement,
— sustainable development in the context of the UN Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals,
— the European Environment Agency and the European Chemicals Agency.
All these subjects relate to the status quo or future developments in a changing political context inside or outside the EU.
The contract shall be renewed tacitly on an annual basis, unless one of the parties objects thereto by registered letter sent at least 2 months before the expiry of the initial duration or before each annual renewal date. In no circumstances may the duration of the contract exceed four (4) years from the date of its entry into force.
This lot covers all issues related to climate change policies, among them, in particular:
— greenhouse emissions from various sources, including international aviation and maritime emissions,
— market-based options, low carbon technology-oriented policies and voluntary options to achieve emission reduction targets towards decarbonisation,
— adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts,
— international and regional measures and agreements aimed at addressing climate change in the context of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement,
— climate finance,
— eradication of ozone-depleting substances in the context of the Montreal Protocol.
This lot covers all issues related to public health policies, among them, in particular:
— health programmes, lifestyle and prevention, vaccination and prevention,
— delivery of health services (health technology assessment, cross border health care),
— medical devices,
— health inequalities across the EU and their management,
— pharmaceutical and cosmetic products (centralised authorisation, clinical trials, falsified medicines, pharmacovigilance, orphan drugs, paediatric regulation, joint procurement, information to patients),
— health aspects of bioterrorism (emergency preparedness and response, surveillance),
— the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for disease prevention and control.
This lot covers all issues related to food safety policies, among them, in particular:
— the safety, hygiene, labelling and traceability of food and feed stuffs, including official controls at all stages of the food chain, as well as food fraud,
— animal health measures, including veterinary legislation concerning the protection against risks to human health,
— phytosanitary and quality standards for plants and plant products,
— novel foods, genetically modified food and feed stuffs, food improvement agents, food contact materials, food contamination,
— the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
In relation to this procedure, the European Parliament does not request a proof of status and legal capacity at this stage of the procedure but reserves the right to do so at a later stage, it it deems it necessary.
Tenderers shall have sufficient economic and financial capacity to enable them to perform the contract in compliance with the contractual provisions. If, in the light of the information supplied, the European Parliament has doubts about a tenderer’s financial resources, or about whether these financial resources are insufficient for the performance of the contract, the tender may be rejected without the tenderer being able to claim any financial compensation.
With regards to the contract which is the subject of this invitation to tender, the European Parliament furthermore requires tenderers to have a minimum financial and economic capacity of:
— minimum turnover of 80 000 EUR/year over the last 2 financial years.
Financial and economic capacity shall be assessed on the basis of the information included in the following documents, to be supplied by tenderers:
— income declaration for at least the 2 most recent financial years. For legal persons, this can be done through a statement of overall turnover. For tenderers who are natural persons, gross income shall be deemed to represent turnover.
If the tenderer is unable to provide the documents requested, he may prove his economic and financial capacity by any other document which the European Parliament considers appropriate.
The tenderer may also rely on the capacity of other entities, irrespective of the legal nature of the links between himself/herself and those entities (see Section 7 and 8 above on groups of economic operators and sub-contracting). In that case, he/she shall prove to the European Parliament that he/she shall have the resources necessary for the performance of the contract, for example by producing a commitment on the part of those entities to make them available to him. In that case, the European Parliament is entitled to refuse the application or the tender submitted if it has doubts about the commitment by the third party or about that party’s financial capacity. Parliament may, where applicable, require the tenderer and those other entities to be jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contract.
With regards to the contract which is the subject of this invitation to tender, the European Parliament furthermore requires tenderers to have a minimum financial and economic capacity, which will be assessed on the basis of the following information:
Tenderers shall have sufficient technical and professional capacity to enable them to perform the contract in compliance with the contractual provisions. If, in the light of the information supplied, the European Parliament has doubts about a tenderer’s technical and professional capacity, or if this is clearly insufficient for the performance of the contract, the tender may be rejected without the tenderer being able to claim any financial compensation.
With regards to the contract which is the subject of this invitation to tender, the European Parliament requires tenderers, including the persons responsible for carrying out the services, to have the following technical and professional capacity:
At least five (5) persons of the core team need to have a professional and/or academic experience of a minimum of three (3) years, of which at least two (2) years in the area covered by each lot the tenderer is applying for, obtained after their degree in an area of relevance for the lot tendered for. Moreover,
— to qualify as a researcher, a professional and/or academic experience of a minimum of three (3) years is required,
— to qualify as a senior researcher, a professional and/or academic experience of a minimum of seven (7) years is required,
— at least one person to qualify as project leader, a professional and/or academic experience of a minimum of ten (10) years is required,
— the successful completion of at least four (4) research contracts, in the area of the lot tendered for, supporting policy development at international or national level as proof of previous experience,
— a publishing record in the field of the lot tendered for,
— scientific/academic distinction clearly relating to research in the fields relevant for the lot tendered for,
— knowledge of the EU institutional framework and decision-making process.
These minimal requirements of technical and professional capacity shall be assessed on the basis of the information included in the following documents, to be supplied by tenderers:
— The educational and professional qualifications (CVs, maximum 4 pages) of the staff planned for the performance of the contract, including the ones of any sub-service providers or sub-contractors, if relevant. For each member of the proposed staff (excluding support staff), the tenderer shall indicate in a table if it corresponds to a researcher, senior researcher or project leader profile (please refer to the corresponding definitions used here above for additional information), the number of years of professional and/or academic experience, the field of expertise and the geographical/language competencies,
— a list of research contracts completed in the area of the lot tendered for (minimum four (4) contracts to be mentioned),
— a compilation of publications of the staff planned for the execution of the services on relevant issues in the specialised academic press carried out in the past five (5) years,
— proof of membership in academic research networks or think-tanks or other indications for scientific excellence such as awards, grants for research projects and similar,
— list of relevant articles touching on issues of the EU institutional framework, experience in working in an area related to EU issues, participation in conferences, courses, etc. on matters related to the European Union.
The tenderer or candidate may also rely on the capacity of other entities, irrespective of the legal nature of the links between himself and those entities (see Section 7 and 8 above on groups of economic operators and sub-contracting). In that case, he/she shall prove to the European Parliament that he/she shall have the resources needed to perform the contract, for instance by providing a commitment by those entities to that effect. The European Parliament is entitled to refuse the application or the tender submitted if it has doubts about the commitment of the third party.
For a group of economic operators and in case of sub-contracting, it is the global technical and professional capacity of all the members that is taken into account in the evaluation.
For the duration of this multiple framework service contract, the contractor shall guarantee the same level of quality as defined in the selection criteria included in the rules for tendering. This guarantee of continuity shall also apply in drop-outs of experts, for example:
— on account of sickness or accident, a member of staff is unable to continue providing services,
— a person specified in the contract does not perform his duties under this contract,
— for any other reason beyond the control of the contractor, it becomes necessary to replace any of his staff.
In such cases, the contractor shall provide a replacement with at least equivalent qualifications and experience and acceptable to the EP in order not to jeopardise the implementation of the multiple Framework service contract. The EP therefore reserves the right to accept or reject any replacement expert proposed during the performance of the contract. The EP authorisation shall always be requested and granted in writing
Section IV: Procedure
European Parliament's premises in Brussels.
Tenderers who wish to attend the opening of the tenders are asked to notify Parliament’s services by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 23.5.2019. Only one (1) representative per tenderer may attend.
Section VI: Complementary information
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu