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Services - 206092-2018

15/05/2018    S91

Belgium-Brussels: European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination

2018/S 091-206092

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission, DG Justice, Unit JUST/04 Programme Management
Postal address: Office MO59 04/21
Town: Brussels
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
Telephone: +32 22981708
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
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination

Reference number: JUST/2018/RDIS/PR/EQUA/0015
II.1.2)Main CPV code
79000000 Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The general purpose of the contract is to provide independent advice, analysis and relevant information to the Commission, on a continuous and reliable basis, regarding national legislation, case-law and policies in the fields of gender equality and non-discrimination in particular on the grounds of race and ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation and any other issue of relevance to the Commission's work in these fields.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 6 400 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79410000 Business and management consultancy services
79110000 Legal advisory and representation services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:

Contractor's premises

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The focus will be primarily on all Member States of the EU. However, to some extent, some information will also be required on candidate countries (Turkey, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, and FYROM) and the EFTA countries which are parties to the EEA Agreement (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) in view of the need to follow legal developments in the context of the enlargement process and the applicability of the EU gender equality and anti-discrimination acquis also in the EFTA/EEA countries.

Furthermore, contribution will be required to the Commission's work in reviewing the effectiveness of existing legislation and, if necessary, the development of new legislative instruments at EU level. To support the Commission in this work, independent information and advice on the implementation and application of EU law, highlighting good practices and areas of difficulty will need to be provided under the contract.

The specific objectives of the contract are to:

— provide information to the Commission on the operation and effectiveness of the national implementation of gender equality and non-discrimination directives;

— contribute to the monitoring, enforcement, regular evaluation and updating of the anti-discrimination and gender equality legislation;

— provide information and advice on the development of European and national case-law and its impact on the level of protection provided in the field of gender and non-discrimination;

— provide examples of good practice in terms of protection and enforcement in the field of gender equality and non-discrimination; and.

— provide information to the Commission on any other issue of relevance to its work in the fields of gender equality and non-discrimination or, in exceptional cases, on specific questions linked to other areas or grounds beyond EU equality law, that may have an impact or repercussion on the development and the implementation of gender equality or non-discrimination (for example, relate to discrimination on grounds of health or to discriminatory effects of national provisions in the areas of labour/employment/tax/education law).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 6 400 000.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract may be renewed up to 3 times, each time for a period of 12 months.

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: yes
Identification of the project: work programme for 2018 and the financing for the implementation of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
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 Internet address provided in Section I.3.

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:

See Internet address provided in Section I.3.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 22/08/2018
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 27/08/2018
Local time: 10:30

Rue Montoyer, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

See Internet address provided in Section I.3.

Section VI: Complementary information

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

For British candidates or tenderers:

Please be aware that after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, the rules of access to EU procurement procedures of economic operators established in third countries will apply to candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom depending on the outcome of the negotiations. In case such access is not provided by legal provisions in force candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom could be rejected from the procurement procedure.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
Official name: Same as above
Town: Luxembourg
Country: Luxembourg
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: