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Services - 357598-2018

16/08/2018    S156

Belgium-Brussels: Study on Opportunity and Feasibility of an EU Blockchain Infrastructure — Smart 2017/0044

2018/S 156-357598

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Directorate F: Digital Single Market, Unit F3: Start-ups & Innovation
Town: Brussels
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. van Brussel-Hoofdstad
Postal code: B-1049
Country: Belgium
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
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

Study on Opportunity and Feasibility of an EU Blockchain Infrastructure — Smart 2017/0044

Reference number: SMART 2017/0044
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73420000 Pre-feasibility study and technological demonstration
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The EU Commission is looking carefully at blockchain developments with the objective of setting the right conditions for the advent of an open, innovative, trustworthy, transparent, and EU law compliant data and transactional environment.

This feasibility study will be carried out to assess the opportunity, benefits, and challenges of creating at EU level an enabling framework or infrastructure supporting blockchain-based services.

The study will assess if, when and how blockchain technologies may help public authorities to deliver European services and implement policies in an optimized way.

The study will provide a clear understanding of what type of intervention is more suited and on the opportunity, conditions and value added to support a EU blockchain infrastructure.

To do so, the study will examine the existing initiatives at national or local level and will address how to dimension such an infrastructure at EU level, including which services could run on such infrastructure.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 219 050.00 EUR
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
73100000 Research and experimental development services
73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
73300000 Design and execution of research and development
75110000 General public services
75130000 Supporting services for the government
79310000 Market research services
79419000 Evaluation consultancy services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. van Brussel-Hoofdstad
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

See Internet address provided in Section II.1.4.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the proposed methodology (to address the technical specifications) / Weighting: 60
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the proposed resource management / Weighting: 25
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the proposed quality and risk management / Weighting: 15
Price - Weighting: 40/100
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:


II.2.14)Additional information

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.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 214-444044
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: LC-00802067

Study on Opportunity and Feasibility of an EU Blockchain Infrastructure — Smart 2017/0044

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 16
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 7
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: 8
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: PwC EU Services EESV
Postal address: Woluwe Garden, Woluwedal 18
Town: Sint-Stevens-Woluwe
NUTS code: BE241 Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Postal code: 1932
Country: Belgium
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 250 000.00 EUR
Total value of the contract/lot: 219 050.00 EUR
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted
Value or proportion likely to be subcontracted to third parties
Proportion: 27 %

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court
Postal address: Rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: L-2925
Country: Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address:
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

You may submit any observations concerning the award procedure to the Contracting Authority using the contact means 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 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.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: