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17/10/2015    S202

Belgium-Brussels: Study on the passing-on of overcharges

2015/S 202-365059

Contract award notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition
Postal address: MADO
Town: Brussels
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract
Study on the passing-on of overcharges.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 10: Market research and public opinion polling services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: The place of performance of the tasks shall be the contractor's premises or any other place indicated in the tender, with the exception of the Commission's premises. Meetings will take place in the Commission's premises in Brussels.
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The passing-on study will provide the Commission with an up-to-date overview of the state-of-the-art economic theories, econometric methods and empirical insights which can be useful for national courts when assessing the phenomenon of passing-on and when estimating the pass-on rate and the loss of profit resulting from any lost business effect in the context of an antitrust damages action. For more details, please refer to Section 2 of the tender specifications.
II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79300000 Market and economic research; polling and statistics

II.1.6)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.2)Total final value of contract(s)
II.2.1)Total final value of contract(s)
Value: 244 450 EUR
Excluding VAT

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of
1. Quality and relevance of proposed: — theoretical analysis, — estimation methods, — legal overview, with respect to the specifications of the assignment. Weighting 25
2. Scope of the proposed: — theoretical analysis, — estimation methods, — legal overview, with respect to the specifications of the assignment. Weighting 15
3. Quality, relevance and scope of the proposed methodology (including the type of materials/sources) for setting up a framework to be provided to national courts for evaluating the extent of passing-on-related effects and making the best use of economic experts. Weighting 20
4. Data collection methods (quality of source, sample selection process, data description). Weighting 15
5. Quality control measures, particularly with respect to the significance of contingent empirical results and to innovative theoretical insights, as well as language quality check and continuity of services in case of absence of a team member. Weighting 15
6. Composition of the team and organisation of the work proposed by the tenderer (division of tasks, work schedule, coordination). Weighting 10
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 77-135331 of 21.4.2015

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: COMP/2015/011
V.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.2)Information about offers
Number of offers received: 8
V.3)Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Official name: RBB Economics LLP and Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, S.L.P.
Postal address: 199 Bishopsgate, Floor 11
Town: London
Postal code: EC2M 3TY
Country: United Kingdom

V.4)Information on value of contract
Total final value of the contract:
Value: 244 450 EUR
Excluding VAT
V.5)Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be sub-contracted: yes
Value or proportion of the contract likely to be sub-contracted to third parties:
Value excluding VAT 76 500 EUR

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Official name: General Court
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address:

VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: You may submit any observations concerning the award procedure to the contracting authority indicated under heading I.1.

If you believe 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.3.1.
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: