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Luxembourg-Luxembourg: BEI - Assistance technique pour soutenir la mise en oeuvre de l’opération « Fruit Garden of Moldova » et les petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) bénéficiaires

2017/S 130-265079

SERVICE PROCUREMENT NOTICE

Location: Moldova

 1.Reference code

TA2016045 MD EST / TA2016044 MD NIF
 2.Procedure

Restricted international tender
 3.Programme

European Neighbourhood and Partnership
 4.Financing

Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF) and General Budget of the European Union under the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF)
 5.Contracting Authority

European Investment Bank, 98-100, boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950, Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, http://www.eib.org/about/procurement/calls-technical-assistance/ta2016044.htm


CONTRACT SPECIFICATION

6.Nature of contract
Fee-based
7.Contract description
The overall objective of the technical assistance operation is to support the implementation of the EUR 120 million loan operation “Fruit Garden of Moldova”. The operation is a line of credit which aims at providing investment funding and institutional support to Moldova's horticulture sector. The scope covers the whole value chain, from the education system, dedicated laboratories, quality control and safety standard services, to nurseries, orchards, table grape vineyards, pre-cooling units, cold transportation, cold storage, washing, sorting, grading equipment, packaging lines and processing facilities.
The specific objectives of the technical assistance operation are to support:
(i) the upgrading of the country's horticulture sector through capacity building of value chain stakeholders, capacity building of the project implementation unit (PIU) and increased access of stakeholders to market and other relevant information and
(ii) the implementation of projects financed by the EIB through marketing of the line of credit, capacity building of financial intermediaries and of the project implementation unit and support to the implementation of project financed by the EIB to ensure that EIB standards are met.
The team of key experts shall comprise a Team Leader/Expert in Value Chain Development and an Expert in Agricultural Financing and Banking.
8.Number and titles of lots
Not applicable.
9.Maximum budget
EUR 2,185,000
10.Scope for additional services
The Contracting Authority may, at its own discretion and subject to the availability of funding, extend the scope and duration of the project to cover complementary and/or additional services.
In case of complementary services, the extension shall be up to a maximum not exceeding 50% of the initial contract value. In case of additional services, such extension shall be up to a maximum not exceeding the length and value of the initial contract.
Any extension of the contract would be subject to satisfactory performance by the Contractor.


CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

11.Eligibility
Participation is open to all interested legal and natural persons - participating either individually or in a grouping (consortium) of candidates, without nationality restrictions. Participation is also open to international organisations.
12.Candidature
All eligible natural and legal persons (as per item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.
A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping, or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (i.e., the leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the Contracting Authority.
The participation of an ineligible natural or legal person (as per item 11) will result in the automatic exclusion of that person. In particular, if that ineligible person belongs to a consortium, the whole consortium will be excluded.
13.Number of applications
No more than one application can be submitted by a natural or legal person whatever the form of participation (as an individual legal entity or as leader or member of a consortium submitting an application). In the event that a natural or legal person submits more than one application, all applications in which that person has participated will be excluded.
14.Shortlist alliances prohibited
Any tenders received from tenderers comprising firms other than those mentioned in the short-listed application forms will be excluded from this restricted tender procedure. Short-listed candidates may not form alliances or subcontract to each other for the contract in question.
15.Grounds for exclusion
As part of the application form, candidates must submit a signed declaration, included in the standard application form, to the effect that they are not in any of the exclusion situations listed in Section 2.3.3 of the Practical Guide to contract procedures for EC external actions.
16.Sub-contracting
Sub-contracting is allowed, up to a maximum of 40% of the initial contract value.
17.Number of candidates to be short-listed
On the basis of the applications received, between 4 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 4, the Contracting Authority may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.


PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE

18.Provisional date of invitation to tender
September 2017
19.Provisional commencement date of the contract
December 2017
20.Initial period of implementation of tasks and possible extension of the contract
The initial period of execution of the contract shall be of 36 months. This period may be extended, with the prior approval of the Contracting Authority. See also item 10 above.


SELECTION AND AWARD CRITERIA

21.Selection criteria
The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates. In the case of applications submitted by a consortium, these selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as a whole:
1) Economic and financial capacity of candidate (based on item 3 of the application form). In case of applicant being a public body, equivalent information should be provided.
(a) The annual turnover of the candidate (individual company or consortium overall) must be of at least EUR 2,000,000 for each of the last three (3) years for which accounts have been closed (2014, 2015 & 2016).
(b) Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning and at the end of the year of the latest three (3) years for which accounts have been closed (2014, 2015 & 2016) are positive.
Note to candidates: In the application form, please make sure to include the actual year for which the data is provided.
2) Professional capacity of candidate (based on items 4 and 5 of the application form)
(a) The number of staff of the candidate (individual company or consortium overall) currently working in fields related to this contract (as they are described in item 7 – “Contract Description” above), must be at least 10 for each of the last three (3) years (2014, 2015 & 2016).
Note to candidates: In the application form, please make sure to include the actual year for which the data is provided.
3) Technical capacity of candidate (based on items 5 and 6 of the application form)
The candidate (individual company or consortium altogether) has successfully implemented and completed (i.e. final payment made by the Client), during the last five (5) years (June 2012 up to the deadline for the receipt of applications indicated under item 23 below), at least:
(a) two (2) technical assistance projects, each of a minimum value of EUR 100,000 equivalent, with activities related to capacity development of extension services in horticulture/fruits sectors;
(b) two (2) technical assistance projects, each of a minimum value of EUR 100,000 equivalent, with activities related to capacity building of banks in agricultural lending (e.g. agricultural projects risk management, seasonality, collateral requirements for agricultural investments, agricultural inputs availability, agricultural market risks, volatility of costs and prices of agricultural commodities, etc.);
(c) at least two projects eligible with criteria 3 (a) or 3 (b) above were implemented in any of the following geographical area:
• Bulgaria, Romania;

• EU candidate or potential candidate countries (Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo) (http://www.eib.org/projects/regions/enlargement/index.htm)

• Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) (https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/neighbourhood/eastern-partnership_en)

• Russian Federation and

• Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) (https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/2068/central-asia_en)

Note to candidates: the projects referenced could have started before, but must have been completed (i.e. final payment made by the Client) at any time during the period from June 2012 up to the deadline for the submission of applications. Where the projects referenced have been implemented by consortia comprising two or more of the members now associated as a consortium for this tender procedure, their respective percentages shall be added together, in order for the application to be assessed on the basis of the consortium as a whole.
An economic operator may, where appropriate and for a particular contract, rely on the capacities of other entities, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them. It must in that case prove to the Contracting Authority that it will have at its disposal the resources necessary for performance of the contract, for example by producing an undertaking on the part of those entities to place those resources at its disposal. Such entities, for instance the parent company of the economic operator, must respect the same rules of eligibility and notably that of nationality, as the economic operator.
If more than 8 eligible candidates meet the above selection criteria, the relative strengths and weaknesses of the applications of these candidates must be reexamined to identify the eight best applications for the tender procedure. The only factors which will be taken into consideration during this re-examination are, in order of precedence:
1) The total number of projects brought as reference which comply with the requirements of criteria 3 (a), and/or 3 (b) above.
2) In case of competition between two or more candidates having the same number of compliant references as per additional criteria 1 above, the cumulative value of projects (part implemented by the candidate) brought as a reference which comply with the requirements of criteria 3 (a) and/or 3 (b) above.
22.Award criteria
Best value for money.


APPLICATION

23.Deadline for receipt of applications
The applications must be received by the Contracting Authority no later than 17:00 hrs. CET on 28/08/2017
Any application received after this deadline will not be considered.
24.Application format and details to be provided

Applications must be submitted using the standard application form (available at the following EIB web page: http://www.eib.org/about/procurement/technical-assistance.htm), whose format and instructions must be strictly observed.

Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc) sent with an application will not be taken into consideration.
25.How applications may be submitted
Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the Contracting Authority:
• EITHER by recorded delivery (official postal service) to :
European Investment Bank (EIB), Mrs Simona Bovha, Head of Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Division, SG/AS/ Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Division (CPCM), 100 boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950, Luxembourg
• OR hand delivered (including courier services) to:
European Investment Bank (EIB), Mrs Simona Bovha, Head of Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Division (CPCM), SG/AS/ Consultant Procurement and Contract Management Division (CPCM), 100 boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950, Luxembourg
The Contract title and the Reference code (see item 1 above) must be clearly marked on the envelope containing the application and must always be mentioned in all subsequent correspondence with the Contracting Authority.
Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.
26.Alteration or withdrawal of applications
Candidates may alter or withdraw their applications by written notification prior to the deadline for submission of applications. No application may be altered after this deadline.
Any such notification of alteration or withdrawal shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Item 25. The outer envelope (and the relevant inner envelope if used) must be marked 'Alteration' or 'Withdrawal' as appropriate.
27.Operational language
All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.
28.Additional information
References to the legal acts may differ, depending on the Investment Facility under which the Delegation Agreement is signed. The activities to be performed by the Bank as entrusted entity shall be implemented and managed in accordance with the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) (8 May 2014) and the Delegation Agreement (29.12.2015) with the European Union represented by the European Commission.
This tender procedure is launched with “suspension clause”. This entails that the award of the contract is subject to the signature of a Cooperation Agreement with the Promoter.
The candidates interested in participating in this tender procedure must be fully aware that in no event shall the Contracting Authority be liable for any damages whatsoever including, without limitation, damages for loss of profits / costs incurred by applicant in preparing and submitting his application, in any way connected with the cancellation of the tender procedure on the ground of the “suspension clause” even if the Contracting Authority has been advised of the possibility of damages.
As such, by submitting their application, the candidate accepts in full the use of the “suspension clause” in this tender procedure as well as its possible consequences.
29.Date of publication of contract forecast
15/04/2017
30.Legal basis
This services contract is tendered and awarded by the European Investment Bank as entrusted entity under a delegation agreement with the European Union represented by the European Commission, pursuant to Article 185 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 and Article 4(7) of Regulation (EU) No.236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union’s instruments for financing external action as it may be amended, supplemented or modified from time to time.