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24/12/2014    S248

Belgium-Brussels: Study on biodiversity financing and tracking biodiversity-related expenditure in the EU budget

2014/S 248-437391

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 the Environment
Postal address: BU 9 01/005
Town: Brussels
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
Contact person: Markets Team, SRD.2 — Finance
Telephone: +32 22960008

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
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 biodiversity financing and tracking biodiversity-related expenditure in the EU budget.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: 'Extra muros'.
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)
Lack of financing was identified as one of the major sources of failure to reach the 2010 EU biodiversity objectives. The EU approach to financing environmental priorities is mainstreaming environmental objectives throughout the EU budget. This is in particular the case for biodiversity.
The objective is to look at lessons learnt on biodiversity financing and tracking in the first months of the 2014–2020 budget, and to make recommendations for improvement in the coming period. The contract will include in particular the following tasks:
Task 1. Biodiversity financing in the EU budget: an 'ex post' analysis of opportunities for biodiversity funding in the EU budget. Based on analysis of spending for biodiversity in the previous budget period (2007–2013), the contractor will also explore options for increased take-up, including through a better absorption capacity.
Task 2. Private financing: an in-depth analysis of concrete cases of payments for ecosystem services in Member States, analysing barriers encountered and possible solutions, including the organisation of a small and interactive workshop gathering a range of stakeholders representing different users of ecosystem services, as well as potential providers, together with government representatives, to explore lessons learnt from concrete case studies within the EU.
Task 3. Tracking biodiversity-related expenses: the contractor will assess first experiences of biodiversity tracking in the main EU instruments, 'ex ante' and in particular at 'ex post' level.
Task 4. Workshop on biodiversity financing to get feedback on lessons learnt and proposed ways forward for improvement, with a focus on the EU budget.
II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90700000 Environmental services

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: 120 250 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 of the proposed methodology. Weighting 70
2. Organisation of the work. Weighting 20
3. Quality control measures. 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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 34-054570 of 18.2.2014

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 118-208557 of 21.6.2014

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: 07.0202/2014/692875/ETU/B.2
V.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.2)Information about offers
Number of offers received: 3
V.3)Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Official name: Ernst & Young et Associés & Biotope
Postal address: 1–2 place des Saisons, Paris la Défense 1
Town: Courbevoie
Postal code: 92400
Country: France

V.4)Information on value of contract
Initial estimated total value of the contract:
Value: 150 000 EUR
Excluding VAT
Total final value of the contract:
Value: 120 250 EUR
Excluding VAT
If annual or monthly value:
Number of months: 12
V.5)Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be sub-contracted: no

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:
In line with Article 134.1(f) of the rules of application to the Financial Regulation No 966/2012 of 25.10.2012, during the 3 years following conclusion of the original contract, the contracting authority will be able to use the exceptional negotiated procedure for additional services (without prior publication of a contract notice) consisting in the repetition of similar services (up to a maximum of 50 % of the original contract value) entrusted to the economic operator awarded the initial contract by the same contracting authority.

Please note that this was previously published in the PIN OJ 2014/S 34-054570 of 18.2.2014 with the title 'Evaluation of biodiversity financing in the 2014–2020 budget, including tracking' and had a budget of 150 000 EUR.

The range was between 130 000 EUR and 150 000 EUR.
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: Within 2 months of the notification to the plaintiff, or, in absence thereof, of the day on which it came to the knowledge. A complaint to the European Ombudsman does not have as an effect either to suspend this period or to open a new period for lodging appeals.
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: