Services - 371592-2021

23/07/2021    S141

Belgium-Brussels: Study on Access to Essential Services: Evidence from EU Member States

2021/S 141-371592

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL)
Postal address: Rue Joseph II, 27 — Unit D1
Town: Brussels
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Postal code: B-1049
Country: Belgium
E-mail: EMPL-VT-2021-022@ec.europa.eu
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/employment-social-affairs-and-inclusion_en
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=8959
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=8959
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
II.1.1)Title:

Study on Access to Essential Services: Evidence from EU Member States

Reference number: EMPL/2021/OP/0014
II.1.2)Main CPV code
79315000 Social research services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The objective of this study is to contribute to filling the existing knowledge gap and to advance the understanding of the situation in all Member States for each of the six services listed in Principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) – water, sanitation, energy, transport, financial services and digital communications. The contractor shall develop for each EU Member State a fiche on access to essential services. This fiche should provide a mapping of the services that are considered essential in the given Member States. The contractor shall elaborate a synthesis report with the analysis of the situation at EU-27 level and comparison between Member States. And based on the information collected draw conclusions for the EU level on main barriers, drivers and identify examples of good practices and policy measures.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 400 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79315000 Social research services
79411000 General management consultancy services
85320000 Social services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Main site or place of performance:

The contractor's premises or any other place indicated in the tender specifications.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The objective of this study is to contribute to filling the existing knowledge gap and to advance the understanding of the situation in all Member States for each of the six services listed in Principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) – water, sanitation, energy, transport, financial services and digital communications. Access to such essential services is enshrined as a right in the European Pillar of Social Rights, which underscores the necessity to support people in need to access them. Essential services support basic human needs to live and to function in society. The ability to access essential services is a critical aspect of social and labour market inclusion and an important determinant of well-being, especially for disadvantaged groups. Essential services can be an important source of job creation and complement and facilitate access to other services that fulfil an enabling function, such as education, long-term care, housing, labour market and social services.

The contractor shall develop for each EU Member State a fiche on access to essential services. This fiche should provide

1) A mapping of the services that are considered essential in the given Member States;

2) Barriers faced by people in need in accessing such services;

3) And measures available at national and local level to support access to such services for people in need, with a particular focus on social policy and targeted support measures.

The contractor shall elaborate a Synthesis Report with the analysis of the situation at EU-27 level and comparison between Member States. And based on the information collected, draw conclusions for the EU level on main barriers, drivers and identify examples of good practices and policy measures.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 400 000.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 8
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
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:

EaSI Programme.

II.2.14)Additional information

Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in section I.3).

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in section I.3).

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in section I.3).

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
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.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 20/09/2021
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 21/09/2021
Local time: 10:30
Place:

Tenders will be opened electronically on the date and time indicated in the contract notice.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Due to the current exceptional circumstances, no physical presence is allowed. Tenderers may send an information request to the contracting authority's e-mail address, indicated under Heading I.1 of the contract notice, if they wish to be provided with the information announced during the opening.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional 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.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: L-2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: GC.Registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
Official name: European Ombudsman
Postal address: 1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman, CS 30406
Town: Strasbourg Cedex
Postal code: 67001
Country: France
Telephone: +33 388172313
Internet address: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/home.faces
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Please consult the procurement documents available at the address indicated in section I.3).

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
12/07/2021