Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for the Environment, SRD.2 — Finance
Postal address: BU-9 01/005
Postal code: 1049
For the attention of: Markets Team
General address of the contracting authority: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/calls_en.htm
Electronic access to information: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=911
Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to:
The above mentioned contact point(s)
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Updated inventory and assessment of soil protection policy instruments in EU Member States.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: 'Extra muros'.
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The general objective of the contract is to deliver an updated and detailed picture of policies and measures at EU, Member State and — where applicable — regional level, contributing (directly or indirectly) to soil protection. This is to be supported by relevant evidence and quantified to the extent possible. The outcome shall support the baseline for any further proposal for action at EU level, taking fully into account the proportionality and subsidiarity principles.
This assessment will build on a substantial background of information collected in the context of the drafting and further implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy, as well as further studies and assessments carried out in the context of EU policy (CAP, Water Framework Directive, etc.).
The contract will focus on measures and legal instruments addressing the main soil threats (erosion, organic matter decline, contamination, sealing, soil biodiversity loss, salinisation, compaction and landslides) and soil functions identified in the Soil Thematic Strategy.
The specific objectives are:
1) to perform an inventory of soil-relevant policies and soil protection legislation at EU level and in the 28 Member States and its regions where applicable. This inventory should also identify relevant non-binding instruments, measures, and targets (e.g. national soil strategy). It should cover policies in place but also policies in the pipeline.
2) To collect information assessing the effectiveness of soil legislation and soil protection measures at Member State (including its regions) and EU level on the state of soil.
3) On this basis, to perform a cross-policy analysis identifying the effectiveness and gaps in EU policies and national legislation in addressing the soil threats and soil functions, and to stimulate a discussion with experts from Member States and stakeholders on the findings of the stock-taking exercise.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
90700000 Environmental services
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Single contract of 10 months with a budget range between 180 000 EUR–200 000 EUR.
Any offers received that do not respect the upper limit will be automatically excluded from the evaluation procedure. The lower limit is indicative.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 180 000 and 200 000 EUR
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 10 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Please refer to tender documents. See Article 1.4 of the model contract.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Please refer to tender documents. See points 1.3 and 1.4 of the tender specifications.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to the tender documents. See points 1.1 and 1.6 of the tender specifications.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to the tender documents. See point 2.3.1 of the tender specifications.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please refer to the tender documents — see point 2.3.2 of the tender specifications.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
Prior information notice
Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 38-064198 of 24.2.2015
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
17.8.2015 - 16:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
Any EU official language
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders Date: 31.8.2015 - 10:30
Room D, avenue de Beaulieu 5, 1160 Brussels, BELGIUM.
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: 1 representative per tenderer (with proof of identity) may attend the opening of tenders (no expenses paid). Please inform email@example.com of the name of the attendee in advance of the opening.
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
In line with Article 134.1(f) of the rules of application to the Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25.10.2012 (Financial Regulation), during the 3 years following conclusion of the original contract, the contracting authority will be able to use the exceptional negotiated procedure for additional services (without prior publication of a contract notice) consisting in the repetition of similar services (up to a maximum of 50 % of the original contract value) entrusted to the economic operator awarded the initial contract by the same contracting authority.
Tender documents will be available for download at the address indicated under heading I.1. The website will be updated regularly and it is the tenderers' responsibility to check for updates and modifications during the tendering period.
Please note that this was previously published in the PIN OJ 2015/S 38-064198 of 24.2.2015 with the title 'Support to the development of a new EU initiative on soil protection — Inventory and assessment of policy instruments in EU Member States' and with a budget of 200 000 EUR. The budget is now a range between 180 000 EUR–200 000 EUR.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: You may submit any observations concerning the award procedure to the contracting authority indicated under heading I.1.
If you believe that there was maladministration, you may lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman within 2 years of the date when you became aware of the facts on which the complaint is based (see http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu). Such complaint does not have as an effect either to suspend the time limit to launch an appeal or to open a new period for lodging an appeal.Within 2 months of the notification of the award decision you may lodge an appeal to the body referred to in VI.4.1.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: