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Belgium-Brussels: Europe's Rail System Pillar
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Europe's Rail System Pillar
As indicated in the Europe's Rail Joint Undertaking (EU-RAIL) work programme 2022-2024, the EU-Rail is launching a call for tender for a single framework contract (one per lot) to perform the activities established in the Council Regulation (EU) 2021/2085 for the system pillar. The call for tenders will be divided in three lots:
— lot 1 – system pillar core group: the contractor shall provide expertise with system engineer knowledge developed in rail or other fields, who collectively represent the main stakeholders of the rail sector;
— lot 2 – system pillar tasks: the contractor shall provide expertise that the JU will organize in teams to the delivery the work of the system pillar Tasks and horizontal activities;
— lot 3 – CCS TSI maintenance activities: the contractor shall perform the tasks defined in the request for services that will be issued by the contracting authority to ensure the maintenance of CCS TSI as major area of activities.
System Pillar Core Group
Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in Section I.3).
The objective is that the teams of individuals provided by the contractor and organized by the JU in the system pillar governance structure have delivered the specific results on agreed operational concepts and system architecture, to be used in operations and future procurements. For further details on the objectives and scope to be achieved within lot 1 and lot 2, please refer to the EU-RAIL master plan and the EU-RAIL work programme 2022-2024 (available at https://rail-research.europa.eu/about-europes-rail/europes-rail-reference-documents/europes-rail-key-documents/) as well as the working documents of the system pillar ramp up.
The framework contract (FWC) is renewed automatically five (5) times for twelve (12) months each with a total duration of six (6) years (see Article I.3.5 of the FWC).
The total duration (six years) deviates the standard maximum duration (four years) in order to guarantee the implementation of the activities related to the system pillar to cover the current multi-annual financial framework (2021-2027) as well as the gap until the start of the next period (2028-2034). Also the nature of the contract is linked to the the governance structure of the system pillar.
System Pillar Tasks
CCS TSI Maintenance Activities
The contractor shall perform the necessary activities to ensure the maintenance and evolution of the ERTMS specifications, focused on the sector input to error corrections and EECT participation; this has the objective to reach a sound baseline that will be essential for the evolution of rail. The contracting authority will issue service requests to task the contractor to perform the related work.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Tenders will be opened electronically on the date and time indicated in the contract notice. It is possible to attend the opening by video conference.
Please refer to Section 3.2 (opening of tenders) of the invitation to tender available at the address indicated in Section I.3).
Section VI: Complementary information
Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in Section I.3). In case of unavailability or disruptions in the functioning of the electronic means of communication provided in Section I.3) in the last five calendar days before the time limit for receipt indicated in Section IV.2.2), the contracting authority reserves the right to extend this time limit and publish the extension at the internet address provided in Section I.3), without a preceding publication of a corrigendum to this notice. Economic operators interested in this procurement are invited to subscribe to the call for tenders at the address in Section I.3) in order to get notified when new information or documents are published.