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Turkey-Ankara: IPA - Enhancement of Institutional and Administrative Capacity of Directorate of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Research Centre

2019/S 241-590313

Turkey

Service Contract Notice


1.Publication reference
EuropeAid/140068/IH/SER/TR
2.Procedure
Restricted
3.Programme title
Multi-Annual Action Programme for Turkey on Transport (MAAP-T)
2014/031-877
4.Financing
IPA budget item 22.02 03 02 of the General Budget of the EU and National Contribution
5.Contracting Authority

Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Directorate General for European Union Affairs and Foreign Relations, Department of European Union Investments, Ankara, REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

Clarifications may be sought from the contracting authority at the following email address euid@uab.gov.tr at the latest 21 days before the deadline for submission of applications stated at the point 23 below.

Clarifications will be published on the website of DG International Cooperation and Development at the latest 5 days before the deadline.


Contract specification

6.Nature of contract
Fee-based
7.Contract description
To enhance institutional and administrative capacity of Directorate of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Research Centre (DoTMC Research Centre) aiming to promote research development and innovation in transport sector, to ensure continuous grant management mechanism in general for an effective, timely and regular development of transport sector and to promote DoTMC Research Centre’s networking and cooperation with other stakeholders.
The services to be provided will include:
— preparation of bylaws/necessary legislative documents/guidelines, internal procedures/process regarding regulatory functions of DoTMC Research Centre,
— training and capacity building,
— publicity and visibility activities.
8.Number and titles of lots
One lot only.
9.Maximum budget
757 200,00 EUR
10.Scope for additional services
The contracting authority may, at its own discretion, extend the service contract in duration and/or scope subject to the availability of funding up to the estimated amount of approximately 375 000,00 EUR (three hundred and seventy five thousand Euros). Any extension of the contract would be subject to satisfactory performance by the contractor.


Conditions of participation

11.Eligibility
Participation is open to all natural persons who are nationals of and legal persons (participating either individually or in a grouping – consortium – of tenderers) which are effectively established in a Member State of the European Union or in a eligible country or territory as defined under the Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 establishing common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for external action (CIR) for the applicable instrument under which the contract is financed (see also heading 29 below).
Participation is also open to international organisations.
Please be aware that after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, the rules of access to EU procurement procedures of economic operators established in third countries will apply to candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom depending on the outcome of negotiations. In case such access is not provided by legal provisions in force at the time of contract award, candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom could be rejected from the procurement procedure.
12.Candidature
All eligible natural and legal persons (as per item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.
A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (i.e., the
Leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the contracting authority.
The participation of an ineligible natural or legal person (as per item 11) will result in the automatic exclusion of that person. In particular, if that ineligible person belongs to a consortium,
The whole consortium will be excluded.
13.Number of applications
No more than one application can be submitted by a natural or legal person whatever the form of participation (as an individual legal entity or as leader or member of a consortium submitting an application). In the event that a natural or legal person submits more than one application, all applications in which that person has participated will be excluded.
14.Shortlist alliances prohibited
Any tenders received from tenderers comprising firms other than those mentioned in the shortlisted application forms will be excluded from this restricted tender procedure unless prior approval from the contracting authority has been obtained (see practical guide – PRAG – 2.6.3.).
Short-listed candidates may not form alliances or subcontract to each other for the contract in question.
15.Grounds for exclusion
As part of the application form, candidates must submit a signed declaration, included in the standard application form, to the effect that they are not in any of the exclusion situations listed in Section 2.6.10.1. of the PRAG.
Candidates included in the lists of EU restrictive measures (see Section 2.4. of the PRAG) at the moment of the award decision cannot be awarded the contract.
16.Sub-contracting
Subcontracting is allowed.
17.Number of candidates to be short-listed
On the basis of the applications received, between 4 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 4, the contracting authority may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.


Provisional timetable

18.Provisional date of invitation to tender
March 2020
19.Provisional commencement date of the contract
September 2020
20.Initial period of implementation of tasks
12 months.


Selection and award criteria

21.Selection criteria
The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates. In the case of applications submitted by a consortium, these selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as a whole unless specified otherwise. The selection criteria will not be applied to natural persons and single member companies when they are sub-contractors.
1) Economic and financial capacity of candidate (based on item 3 of the application form). In case of candidate being a public body, equivalent information should be provided. The
Reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 financial years for which accounts have been closed.
Criteria for legal and natural persons:
— the average annual turnover of the candidate must exceed 800 000,00 EUR for the last 3 financial years.
2) Professional capacity of candidate (based on items 4 and 5 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years preceding the
Submission deadline.
Criteria for legal and natural persons:
— at least 5 staff members currently work for the candidate in the fields related to this contract.
3) Technical capacity of candidate (based on items 5 and 6 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years preceding the submission deadline.
Criteria for legal and natural persons:
— the candidate has provided technical assistance services related to the research and development activities under at least 1 (one) service contract to a public or semi-public or
Private entity with a budget of at least 300 000,00 EUR (proportion carried out by the candidate) in one or more of the following fields: transport policy, maritime affairs, space, aviation, information technologies and/or communications which was implemented at any moment during the reference period: 3 years from the submission deadline. This means that the service contract the candidate refers to could have been started or completed at any time during the indicated period but it does not necessarily have to be started and completed during that period, nor implemented during the entire period. Candidates are allowed to refer either to service contracts completed within the reference period (although started earlier) or to service contracts not yet completed. In the first case the service contract will be considered in its whole if proper evidence of performance is provided (statement or certificate from the entity which awarded the contract, proof of final payment). In case of service contracts still on-going only the portion satisfactorily completed during the reference period although started earlier will be taken into consideration. This portion will have to be supported by documentary evidence (similarly to service contracts completed) also detailing its value. If a candidate
Has implemented the service contract in a consortium, the percentage that the candidate has successfully completed must be clear from the documentary evidence, together with a
Description of the nature of the services provided if the selection criteria relating to the pertinence of the experience have been used. Documentary evidence is not required at the
Application stage but will be requested with the invitation to tender.
Previous experience which caused breach of contract and termination by a contracting authority shall not be used as reference.
An economic operator may, where appropriate and for a particular contract, rely on the capacities of other entities, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them.
If the tenderer relies on other entities it must prove to the contracting authority that it will have at its disposal the resources necessary for the performance of the contract by producing
A commitment by those entities to place those resources at its disposal. Such entities, for instance the parent company of the economic operator, must respect the same rules of
Eligibility - notably that of nationality – and must comply with the selection criteria for which the economic operator relies on them. Furthermore, the data for this third entity for the
Relevant selection criterion should be included in the tender in a separate document. Proof of the capacity will also have to be provided when requested by the contracting authority.
With regard to technical and professional criteria, an economic operator may only rely on the capacities of other entities where the latter will perform the services for which these
Capacities are required.
With regard to economic and financial criteria, the entities upon whose capacity the tenderer relies become jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contract.
If more than 8 eligible candidates meet the above selection criteria, their relative strengths and weaknesses must be re-examined in order to rank their applications and identify the 8
Best candidates in accordance with point 17 of this contract notice. The only additional comparative criteria that will be taken into consideration during this re-examination, in the
Order in which they appear below, are:
1) The highest number of service contracts that meet criterion 3.1;
2) The highest cumulated value of all the service contracts that meet criterion 3.1.
N.B.: additional comparative criterion No 1 shall be applied to all the eligible candidates that meet the selection criteria. If, after applying additional comparative criterion No 1, it is not

Possible to identify the 8 best candidates because two or more candidates are tied for the 8th position, additional comparative criterion No 2 shall be applied only to these tied candidates.

22.Award criteria
Best price-quality ratio.


Application

23.Deadline for submission of applications
The candidate attention is drawn to the fact that there are 2 different systems for sending applications: one is by post or private mail service, the other is by hand delivery.
In the first case, the application must be sent before the date and time limit for submission, as evidenced by the postmark or deposit slip(1), but in the second case it is the acknowledgment of receipt given at the time of the delivery of the application that will serve as proof.
16.00 local time on 17.1. 2019
Any application sent to the contracting authority after this deadline will not be considered.
The contracting authority may, for reasons of administrative efficiency, reject any application submitted on time to the postal service but received, for any reason beyond the contracting
Authority's control, after the effective date of approval of the short-list report, if accepting applications that were submitted on time but arrived late would considerably delay the evaluation
Procedure or jeopardise decisions already taken and notified.
(1) It is recommended to use registered mail in case the postmark would not be readable.
24.Application format and details to be provided
Applications must be submitted using the standard application form, the format and instructions of which must be strictly observed. The application form is available from the following Internet address:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/annexes.do?chapterTitleCode=B

The application must be accompanied by a declaration on honour on exclusion and selection criteria using the template available from the following Internet address:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/annexes.do?chapterTitleCode=A

Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc.) sent with an application will not be taken
Into consideration.
25.How applications may be submitted
Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the contracting authority in a sealed envelope:
— either by post or by courier service, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by the postmark or the date of the deposit slip, to:
Mr. Nedim YEŞİL
Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Directorate General for European Union Affairs and Foreign Relations, Department for European Union Investments, Hakkı Turayliç Caddesi No:5 B Blok Kat:10, Emek 06520 Ankara, Türkiye
— or hand delivered by the candidate in person or by an agent directly to the premises of the contracting authority in return for a signed and dated receipt, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by this acknowledgement of receipt, to:
Mr. Nedim YEŞİL
Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Directorate General for European Union Affairs and Foreign Relations, Department for European Union Investments
Tel: +90 312 203 2269
Hakkı Turayliç Caddesi No:5 B Blok Kat:10
Emek 06520 Ankara, Türkiye
Open 8.30 – 16.00
The contract title and the Publication reference (see item 1 above) must be clearly marked on the envelope containing the application and must always be mentioned in all subsequent
Correspondence with the contracting authority.
Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.
By submitting an application candidates accept to receive notification of the outcome of the procedure by electronic means. Such notification shall be deemed to have been received on the date upon which the contracting authority sends it to the electronic address referred to in the application.
26.Alteration or withdrawal of applications
Candidates may alter or withdraw their applications by written notification prior to the deadline for submission of applications. No application may be altered after this deadline.
Any such notification of alteration or withdrawal shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Item 25. The outer envelope (and the relevant inner envelope if used) must be marked
‘Alteration’ or ‘Withdrawal’ as appropriate.
27.Operational language
All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.
28.Date of publication of prior information notice
28.1.2019
29.Legal basis(2)
Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action and Regulation (EU) No 231/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 establishing an Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) (OJ L 77, p.11-26). — See Annex A2 of the practical guide.
(2) Please state any specificity that might have an impact on rules on participation (such as geographic or thematic or long/short term).
30.Additional information
Financial data to be provided by the candidate in the standard application form must be expressed in EUR. If applicable, where a candidate refers to amounts originally expressed in a
Different currency, the conversion to EUR shall be made in accordance with the InforEuro exchange rate of December 2019, which can be found at the following address:

http://ec.europa.eu/budget/graphs/inforeuro.html.