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Belgium-Brussels: Expertise on Regulatory and Policy Issues in Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Expertise on Regulatory and Policy Issues in Women's Rights and Gender Equality
The framework contract covers the provision of independent expert advice on a variety of current and emerging issues in the field of women's rights and gender equality.
European Parliament, Brussels.
The planned framework service contract is intended to support the work of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) in its areas of competence. Expertise shall be provided in the form of research papers of varying length, delivered upon ad-hoc requests within a limited and defined time frame. In addition to research papers, the framework service contract would also cover associated services such as attendance at Committee meetings and presentations by lead experts, or the support of workshops as appropriate. The contractor bears sole scientific responsibility for the results of the delivered services.
It is generally accepted, that the overall objective of gender equality is a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all spheres of life. To this end, the EU is playing its part in promoting prosperity for all through its legislative and non-legislative initiatives.
Violence against women and girls is an important theme in the work of the FEMM Committee.
In order to evaluate the impact of the convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) and other gender-related agreements and protocols on national legislation of the member states, the tenderer is expected to have legal knowledge and expertise, both at a micro and a macro-economic level as well as in social and political science, so as to be able to provide high quality research products with a gender equality and/or women's rights perspective. This includes knowledge of all relevant legal provisions as well as access to all relevant data and statistics at national and EU level. The tenderer’s expertise and knowledge should also extend into the field of sociology and the application of methods of gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting and gender impact assessments.
The subjects of the deliverables for FEMM are related to the relevant provisions of the CEDAW, the BPfA, the EU's gender equality policies and laws, the domains of EIGE's GEI, and the EU’s external gender equality policy documents. Consequently, deliverables will include assessments from a legal, economic, social, sociological and political science perspective of the implementation of gender equality policies and laws of the EU and/or Member States, as well as assessments of the effects of the EU’s women’s rights and gender equality policies in third countries.
In the next EU budget (2021-2027), gender equality related projects will be supported and funded through a number of EU programmes.
Against this background, the framework service contract aims to gain access to high-quality knowledge and expertise for the FEMM Committee on all matters related to FEMM’s competences and activities in the field of women’s rights and gender equality, including but not limited to:
• EU and national law concerning women’s rights and gender equality;
• measures to promote the advancement of women, and objectives for strategic engagement for gender equality;
• women and men in political and economic decision-making, and EU actions to promote equality in decision-making;
• women's participation in the labour market, the gender pay gap, EU rights with regard to the work-life balance, EU action to promote and improve the work-life balance;
• actions to eliminate gender-based violence in the EU, funding and support for awareness campaigns;
• EU actions and measures to fight pay discrimination and improve pay and pension equality;
• sustainable development goals, EU partners, the EU’s external relations, international cooperation, development cooperation and development aid from a women’s rights and gender equality perspective.
The tenderer or his/her team should be able to address the specific questions and issues raised in relation to a requested deliverable using a multidisciplinary approach which ensures that no dimension or aspect inherent to the subject of the deliverable is neglected.
The contract shall run for an initial period of 12 months from date of signature of the last contracting party, and then be renewed tacitly on an annual basis for a maximum of 4 times. Thus, the duration of the contract may not exceed 5 years (60 months) from the date of its entry into force.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
In relation to this procedure the European Parliament does not request a proof of status and legal capacity at this stage of the procedure but reserves the right to do so at a later stage, if it deems it necessary.
Section IV: Procedure
Framework agreement connected with the work of a parliamentary committee, to be aligned to the parliamentary term of 5 years.
The opening of the tenders will happen with staff present in the office and third parties only participating in the opening via teleconferencing applications.
Tenderers wishing to attend the opening of the tenders remotely are asked to notify the department responsible no later than on the tender submission date, by e-mail at
Section VI: Complementary information