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Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
In accordance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the European Union, the European Parliament has decided to issue this invitation to tender to acquire a licence for a tool that is able to automatically transcribe and translate parliamentary multilingual debates in real time for 24 languages and the IT services for implementing that tool. The tool should include the following components: ASR technology component (language identification + Automatic Speech Recognition), machine translation, machine learning and human-machine interaction, user interface.
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Live Speech to Text and Machine Translation Tool for 24 Languages
The European Parliament wishes to support multilingual innovation and the digitalisation of all EU official languages through targeted developments. It is therefore aiming to enter into an innovation partnership in order to acquire a licence for a tool that is able to automatically transcribe and translate parliamentary multilingual debates in real time.
The tool will also be able to learn from corrections and supporting data as well as from user feedback, so as to enhance quality levels over time. The objective is to provide a useful service for members of the European Parliament in accessing debates on screen as well as to provide accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people who currently have no direct access to the debates of the European Parliament.The ultimate goal is to provide an automatic transcription and translation service for parliamentary debates covering the 24 official languages used by the institution.
Mainly Brussels but also Strasbourg and Luxembourg + at the contractor's office.
The European Parliament has opted to award this contract under an innovation partnership procurement procedure, which will be carried out in two steps.
First step of the procedure — exclusion and selection criteria.
A minimum of three and maximum of five selected candidates will be admitted to the second step of the procedure. Where the number of candidates meeting the exclusion and selection criteria is below three, the European Parliament may continue the procedure by inviting the candidates with the required capacities.
Second step of the procedure — award
Candidates shortlisted during the first step were invited to submit a tender on the basis of the award criteria set out in point 15 of the specifications.
The European Parliament awarded a contract to the three best ranked tenderers according to the award evaluation criteria.
The three contractors will each develop a prototype of the tool as described in point 3 of the specifications (Stage 1 of the Innovation Partnership — integration of 10 languages).
At the end of stage 1, the prototype(s) will be evaluated by the European Parliament in accordance with the methodology described in point 6 of the technical specifications (see Annex VII of the specifications). The contractor whose prototype performs best in the evaluation will continue the work in stages 2: integration of nine languages and 3: integration of five languages of this innovation partnership. The contracts of non-retained contractors will be terminated.
The amount of EUR 2 757 110.80 EUR set out in point ‘II.1.7) Total value of the procurement’ is calculated as the total amount of the stage 1 of the innovation partnership plus the highest price proposed by a successful tenderer covering stages 2 and 3 of the innovation partnership.
Section IV: Procedure
Section V: Award of contract
Foundation Bruno Kessler
Via Santa Croce, 77
38122 Trento - Italy
Section VI: Complementary information