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18/12/2015    S245

Belgium-Brussels: Studies of issues pertaining to the insurance production process with regard to the application of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (IBER)

2015/S 245-444408

Contract award notice

Services

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
E-mail: comp-iber-study-tender@ec.europa.eu

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/index_en.html

Electronic access to information: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/calls/tenders_open.html

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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract
Studies of issues pertaining to the insurance production process with regard to the application of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (IBER).
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
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 however take place at 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 objective of the studies is to help the Commission in applying the EU competition rules to the insurance sector. The issues under consideration have also been highlighted by the stakeholders during the IBER public consultation process. The public consultation aimed to gather evidence regarding the implementation of the IBER (Insurance Block Exemption Regulation, Commission Regulation (EU) No 267/2010, OJ L 83, 30.3.2010, p. 1) and the way forward for the Regulation. The identified issues that merit further analysis are: (study 1) switching of tangible and intangible assets between different insurance products; and (study 2) different forms of cooperation of insurance companies and their respective impact on competition. The studies shall gather facts, analyse existing data and discuss current thinking to adequately address these problems. The work must be grounded in a thorough economic and legal analysis. This will include, but will not be limited to, the application of relevant theory and empirical methods.
II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79310000 Market research services - RB04 - SB01 - SB02 - QB04

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: 250 000 EUR
Excluding VAT

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of
1. Conceptual approach to resolve the issues raised in the study. Weighting 30
2. Quality of the proposed methodology. Weighting 40
3. Composition of the team and organisation of the work. Weighting 20
4. 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
COMP/2015/028.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 151-277961 of 7.8.2015

Other previous publications

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 142-260107 of 25.7.2015

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 096-173183 of 20.5.2015

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: Studies of issues pertaining to the insurance production process with regard to the application of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (IBER) Lot No: 1 - Lot title: Switching of tangible and intangible assets between different insurance products
V.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.2)Information about offers
Number of offers received: 2
V.3)Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Official name: European Economic Research Ltd
Postal address: Chancery House, 53–64 Chancery Lane
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 1QU
Country: United Kingdom

V.4)Information on value of contract
Initial estimated total value of the contract:
Value: 125 000 EUR
Excluding VAT
Total final value of the contract:
Value: 125 000 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:
Proportion: 16 %
Contract No: Studies of issues pertaining to the insurance production process with regard to the application of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (IBER) Lot No: 2 - Lot title: Different forms of cooperation between insurance companies and their respective impact on competition
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: European Economic Research Ltd
Postal address: Chancery House, 53–64 Chancery Lane
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 1QU
Country: United Kingdom

V.4)Information on value of contract
Initial estimated total value of the contract:
Value: 125 000 EUR
Excluding VAT
Total final value of the contract:
Value: 125 000 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:
Proportion: 31 %

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
E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu

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 http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu). 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:
8.12.2015