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Luxembourg-Luxembourg: Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) – Infrastructure Project Facility – Technical Assistance 12 (IPF 12), Infrastructures: Energy, Environment, Social, Transport and Digital Economy
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) – Infrastructure Project Facility – Technical Assistance 12 (IPF 12), Infrastructures: Energy, Environment, Social, Transport and Digital Economy
The overall objective of the TA operation is to contribute to socio-economic development through the improvement of the infrastructure in the candidate countries and potential candidates of the Western Balkan region. The specific objectives of this TA operation are to support the preparation and implementation of priority
Infrastructure investment projects that may be financed by a combination of grants (EU and other funds) and loans (from IFIs) in the energy, environment, social, transport and digital economy sectors and, in this context, to enhance the cooperation and coordination between financial institutions, beneficiaries, bilateral donors and regional organisations. The results of the TA will be deliverables of high quality for investment in the energy, environment, social, transport and digital economy sectors infrastructure and for services to the beneficiaries.
Specific results will include pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies and financial affordability analysis, detailed designs, budget and financing plans, tender documents and other technical assistance studies and services, for investment projects in energy, environment, social, transport and digital economy sectors. It will also comprise the transfer of know-how in project development, project management and financing techniques to the beneficiaries, to enhance talents and skills of local human resources within government institutions, but also local authorities, municipalities, etc. Indirect results will be:
(a) enhanced collaboration between IFIs and internalisation of project preparation techniques by local counterparts;
(b) upgrading beneficiaries' management skills to prepare them for their future utilisation of EU structural funds.
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 additional services, or unforeseen delays in implementation. In case of additional services, such extension shall be up to a maximum of 36 additional months and with the additional budget not exceeding EUR 8 000 000.
Financing: IPA III multi-country multi-annual action plan in support of WBIF 2021-2027.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This tender procedure is launched with a ‘suspension clause’. This entails that the award of the contract is subject to the signature of the contribution agreement between the European Union and the European Investment Bank in respect of technical assistance provided by the European Investment Bank to eligible countries and to which the European Union makes a financial contribution from the general budget of the Union under the instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA III), for the technical assistance action entitled ‘Support to the Western Balkans Investment Framework projects – Infrastructure Project Facility 12’.
The tenderers 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 the 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 candidacies, the service providers accept in full the use of the ‘suspension clause’ in this tender procedure as well as its possible consequences.
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:
Tenderers may in the first instance submit any concerns regarding the procurement to the Bank using the contact details under Section I.1) of this contract notice.
If tenderers or other interested parties, believe that the EIB committed an instance of maladministration, (e.g. it has failed to act in accordance with its established policies, standards and procedures or to respect the principles of good administration), they may lodge a complaint to the EIB Group Complaints Mechanism (seehttps://www.eib.org/en/about/accountability/complaints/index.htm) within one year from the date when the alleged action, decision or omission by the Bank could be reasonably known by the complainant. If unhappy with the outcome, tenderers can seek a review of the EIB Group’s reply to the complaint by the European Ombudsman (see https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu).
Within two months of notification of the outcome of the procedure (award decision), tenderers may launch an action for its annulment and/or damages. Any request tenderers may make and any reply from the Bank or any complaint of maladministration, will have neither the purpose nor the effect of suspending the time-limit for launching an action for annulment nor open a new period for launching an action for annulment. The body responsible for hearing annulment procedures is indicated under Section VI.4.1) of this contract notice.