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Belgium-Brussels: Competitiveness of the renewable energy sector
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Competitiveness of the renewable energy sector.
The upcoming renewable energy package, consisting in the revision of the Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23.4.2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC and including a bioenergy sustainability strategy, together with other ongoing initiatives on electricity market design, Energy Union governance, heating and cooling, and electricity interconnection, will create the conditions to ensure delivery of the renewable energy target.
Back in 2014, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs commissioned a study of the competitiveness of the renewable energy industry.
Today, it is instrumental to assess which are the economic and societal impacts for the sector as a whole, not limited to the power supplier, on the entire society. Such a study will be a supporting document for the discussions to follow the adoption of the revised Renewable Energy Directive.
The tasks will be performed in the contractor's premises. All meetings between the contractor and the Commission shall be held on Commission's premises in Brussels, unless agreed otherwise with the EC.
The European Commission is publishing this invitation to tender for services to conclude a contract with a service provider (or consortium) to conduct a study on the competitiveness of the renewable energy sector.
The selected service provider will support the EU institutions in discussing, amending and then adopting the revised Renewable Energy Directive, through providing data and evidence on the competitiveness of the renewable energy sector.
The objective of the contract is to provide technical assistance that shall include:
data collection, analysis and assessment of the competitiveness of the heating and cooling sector, including markets potentials, services and products, jobs and growth creation;
data collection, analysis and assessment of the competitiveness of corporate sourcing renewable energy and its benefits and challenges.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Participation in this procurement procedure is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons coming within the scope of the Treaties, as well as to international organisations. It is also open to all natural and legal persons established in a third country which has a special agreement with the Union in the field of public procurement on the conditions laid down in that agreement. Where the multilateral Agreement on Government Procurement concluded within the World Trade Organisation applies, the participation in this procedure is also open to all natural and legal persons established in the countries that have ratified this Agreement, on the conditions it lays down.
The tenderer should bear in mind the provisions of the draft contract which specify the rights and obligations of the contractor, particularly those on payments, performance of the contract, confidentiality, and checks and audits.
The tender must comply with applicable environmental, social and labour law obligations established by Union law, national legislation, collective agreements or the international environmental, social and labour conventions listed in Annex X to Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council.
A joint tender is a situation where a tender is submitted by a group of economic operators (natural or legal persons). Joint tenders may include subcontractors in addition to the members of the group.
In the case of a joint tender, all members of the group assume joint and several liability towards the contracting authority for the performance of the contract as a whole, i.e. both financial and operational liability. Nevertheless, tenderers must designate one of the economic operators as a single point of contact (the leader) for the contracting authority for administrative and financial aspects as well as operational management of the contract.
After the award, the contracting authority will sign the contract either with all the members of the group, or with the leader on behalf of all the members of the group, authorised by the other members via powers of attorney.
Subcontracting is permitted but the contractor will retain full liability towards the contracting authority for performance of the contract as a whole.
Tenderers are required to identify subcontractors whose share of the contract is above 20 % and those whose capacity is necessary to fulfil the selection criteria.
During contract performance, the change of any subcontractor identified in the tender or additional subcontracting will be subject to prior written approval of the contracting authority.
Section IV: Procedure
Directorate-General for Energy, rue Demot 24, 1st floor, room 105, 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM.
Tenderers may attend the meeting but be represented by not more than 1 person. At the end of the opening session, the chairperson of the opening committee will indicate the names of the tenderers and the decision concerning the admissibility of each offer received. The prices mentioned in the bids will not be communicated.
Section VI: Complementary information