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Denmark-Copenhagen: Services Supporting the European Environment Agency's Cross-cutting Coordination of the Copernicus Programme's in Situ Data Activities — Geospatial Data
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.eea.europa.eu
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.eea.europa.eu/about-us/tenders
Section II: Object
Services Supporting the European Environment Agency's Cross-cutting Coordination of the Copernicus Programme's in Situ Data Activities — Geospatial Data
The overarching purpose of this open call for tenders is to assist the EEA’s cross-cutting coordination of Copernicus in situ data activities. The EEA is requesting the services of one contractor within the domain of geospatial data comprising the relevant thematic themes as defined in the INSPIRE directive: Annex I, Annex II and Annex III. The services to be delivered by the contractor encompass primarily thematic and technical support, and information gathering, recording and analysis in relation to the specific thematic domains. The contractor will work across the Copernicus programme and will specifically need to cover and consult the following services and entrusted entities:
— the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS, except biophysical products) implemented jointly by the EEA and JRC,
— the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS, except the Early Warning Component) implemented by the JRC,
— the Copernicus Security Service (CSS) implemented by EMSA, FRONTEX and SatCen.
All services shall mainly be performed at the future contractor’s own premises, with occasional meetings at the EEA’s premises in Copenhagen, depending on the requirements of each specific contract.
The entities rely on geospatial data collected by data providers external to Copernicus. Geospatial data are used to validate and supplement the information provided by satellites, and are essential in order to deliver reliable and consistent products and data over time. In general Copernicus in situ data activities include, but is not limited, to the following:
— provision of in situ data to the entities including third party in situ data at international level, based on existing capacities,
— coordination and harmonisation of the collection and provision of in situ data,
— technical assistance to the European Commission as regards requirements for in situ observation data,
— cooperation with in situ operators to promote the consistency of development activities related to the in situ observation infrastructure and networks,
— identification of in situ observations’ gaps that cannot be filled by existing infrastructures and networks including at global level, and addressing those gaps while respecting the principle of subsidiarity.
The Copernicus in situ data activities are carried out using a 2 tier model: the first tier is composed of the entities, which are responsible for the day to day operational work, data management, and ingestion of observational data in accordance with their specific requirements. A second tier focuses on making in situ data accessible through appropriate arrangements at programme level, facilitate coordination, data sharing, knowledge and information exchange, and exploiting synergies wherever possible. Cross-cutting coordination of Copernicus in situ data activities, which forms part of the second tier, has been delegated to the EEA and includes the following main tasks:
— establish and maintain an overview of the state of play of in situ data for Copernicus services,
— operational provision of in situ data including access to reference data for Copernicus services,
— managing partnerships with data providers to improve access and use conditions of in situ data for Copernicus services,
— support to the European Commission and Copernicus services on in situ data issues.
Essentially, it is in order to accomplish these 4 tasks that the EEA requests expert thematic and technical support.
The successful tenderer will be offered a framework service contract for an initial period of 24 months, starting from 1.4.2020. The framework service contract may be renewed maximum twice for period of 12 months each.
Copernicus - Regulation (EU) No 377/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3.4.2014 (OJ L 122, 24.4.2014, p. 44).
During the 3 years following the starting date of implementation of the original contract, the EEA reserves the right to exercise the option of conducting a negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice for new services with the future contractor in accordance with point (e) of the second subparagraph of point 11.1 of Annex I to the Financial Regulation.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
As specified under section 2.1 and 18.104.22.168 of the tender specifications.
Section IV: Procedure
EEA premises at Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K, DENMARK.
Representatives of tenderers (1 per tenderer) are allowed to participate in the opening session. They are requested to inform the EEA's procurement services in advance and at the latest by 14.2.2020 (12.00 CET) by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Section VI: Complementary information
Tenderer may download the tender documents and consult any additional information pertaining to this call for tenders from the e-Tendering website: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=5846
This website will be updated regularly and it is the tenderer's responsibility to check for updates and modifications during the tendering period.
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