Contract notice

Cascading framework contracts for the provision of tax and customs information services.

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

Official name
European Commission, Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union
National registration number
Postal address
rue Joseph II 79, Office 05/40
Postal code
NUTS code
Contact person
Mr Stéphane Mail Fouilleul

Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:   -

I.2) Joint procurement

The contract involves joint procurement:   no

In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law:   -

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body:   no

I.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from

the abovementioned address

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted

the abovementioned address

electronically via:   -

Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: -

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

European institution/agency or international organisation

I.5) Main activity

Other activity:   Taxation and Customs Union.

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Cascading framework contracts for the provision of tax and customs information services.

Reference number:   TAXUD/2017/AO-07.

II.1.2) Main CPV code

Main CPV code:   79300000 - Market and economic research; polling and statistics

Supplementary CPV code:   -

II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

Cascading framework contracts to carry out studies and comparative analysis in various tax and customs areas.

II.1.5) Estimated total value


II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots:   no

II.2) Description

II.2.1) Title


Lot No:   -

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

Main CPV code:   79311400 - Economic research services

Supplementary CPV code:   -

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:   00 - N/A

Main site or place of performance:   From the contractor's usual premises.

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

The contractor shall conduct studies on various taxation and customs issues. The topics to be covered and the delivery dates are determined by the Commission on a case-by-case basis following a request for service sent to the contractor. The taxation-related topics to be examined are related either to the monitoring of legislation, the analysis of fiscal aspects of the Commission work programme, to important tax developments on the national, European and international level or to preliminary assessments of the EU-law compliance of Member States' tax legislation and its practical implementation.

The customs-related topics to be examined are related either to analysing the existing or expected impact of EU customs policy and legislation, to their practical implementation in Member States, or with a view to proposing new policy. They may relate to the interaction between customs policy and implementation of customs measures in the enforcement of other policies (such as agriculture, health and safety, environment).

II.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6) Estimated value


II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months:   24

This contract is subject to renewal:   yes

Description of renewals:   Up to 2 renewals of 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:   -

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted:   no

II.2.11) Information about options

Options:   no

Description of options:   -

II.2.12) Information about electronic catalogues

Tenders must be presented in the form of electronic catalogues or include an electronic catalogue:   no

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds:   no

II.2.14) Additional information


Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of selection criteria:

As stated in the procurement documents.

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents:   yes

List and brief description of selection criteria:


Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:


III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents:   yes

List and brief description of selection criteria:


Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:


III.1.5 Information about reserved contracts

The contract is reserved to sheltered workshops and economic operators aiming at the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons:   no

The execution of the contract is restricted to the framework of sheltered employment programmes:   no

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1) Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession:   -

Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:   -

III.2.2) Contract performance conditions


III.2.2) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract:   yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement:   yes

Framework agreement with several operators:   yes

Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement:   `tran(3)` not found

In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:   -

The procurement involves the setting up of a dynamic purchasing system:   no

The dynamic purchasing system might be used by additional purchasers:   no

IV.1.4) Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated:   no

IV.1.5) Information about negotiation

The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations:   no

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used:   no

Additional information about electronic auction:   -

IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement:   yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S:   -

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date:   25-09-2017

Local time:   17:00

IV.2.3) Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates


IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months:   12

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date:   02-10-2017

Local time:   10:00

Place:   rue Joseph II 79, 1000 Brussels, BELGIUM.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:   Subject to prior request, 1 representative per tenderer only.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement:   no

Estimated timing for further notices to be published:   -

VI.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used:   no

Electronic invoicing will be accepted:   no

Electronic payment will be used:   no

VI.3) Additional information

Complementary services may be requested by the Commission according to the conditions foreseen in Article 104.5 of the Financial Regulation and in Article 134.1(e) of the rules of application, for a maximum value of 50 % of the framework contract's awarded amount.

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Official name
General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Postal address
rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Postal code
+32 4303-1
+352 4303-2100
Internet address

VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures

Official name
The European Ombudsman
Postal address
1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman, CS 30403
Strasbourg Cedex
Postal code
+33 388172313
+33 388179062
Internet address

VI.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:   -

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

Official name
European Commission, Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union
Postal address
J79 05/40
Postal code
+32 22995050
+32 22995444
Internet address

VI.4.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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