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Belgium-Brussels: External Support to the Back Office Arrangement for the Joint Undertakings
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
External Support to the Back Office Arrangement for the Joint Undertakings
This call for tenders aims to provide external support related to accounting services, audits, and controls to the nine joint undertakings stablished under Horizon Europe (Council Regulation (EU) No 2021/2085 of 19 November 2021) as well as to the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking. The intention is to conclude framework contracts in cascade for the following assignments: statutory audit services (lot 1) and accounting and assurance services (lot 2).
Statutory Audit Services
Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in Section I.3).
The contractor shall provide a team that will perform the services required for the statutory audit of the financial statements.
The details of the initial contract duration and possible renewals are set out in the draft framework contract for the respective lot. Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in Section I.3).
Accounting Services and Other Assurance Engagements
The contractor shall provide individuals which will work to support the accounting officers under the overall coordination of the back-office arrangement accounting coordinator in their accounting tasks and teams that will support the performance of other assurance engagement services as requested by the contracting authorities on an ad-hoc basis.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
The total duration of the framework contracts (60 months / 5 years) deviates from the standard maximum duration of a FWC (4 years) to guarantee the implementation of the activities related to the current multi-annual financial framework (2021-2027) as well as the gap until the start of the next period (2028-2034).
Tenders will be opened electronically on the date and time indicated in the contract notice. It is possible to attend the opening by videoconference. Information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Please refer to Section 3.2 (‘Opening of tenders’) of the Invitation to Tender available at the address indicated in Section I.3).
Section VI: Complementary information
Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in Section I.3). In case of unavailability or disruptions in the functioning of the electronic means of communication provided in Section I.3) in the last 5 calendar days before the time limit for receipt indicated in Section IV.2.2), the contracting authority reserves the right to extend this time limit and publish the extension at the internet address provided in Section I.3), without a preceding publication of a corrigendum to this notice. Economic operators interested in this procurement are invited to subscribe to the call for tenders at the address in Section I.3) in order to get notified when new information or documents are published.