European Commission, General Directorate Regional and Urban Policy
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Evaluation of Investments in Information and Communication Technologies Supported by the European Regional Development Fund in the Period 2007-2013

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

Official name
European Commission, General Directorate Regional and Urban Policy
National registration number
-
Postal address
TA Cell BU-1 00/184
Town
Brussels
Postal code
1049
NUTS code
BE1 - RÉGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE / BRUSSELS HOOFDSTEDELIJK GEWEST
Country
BELGIQUE-BELGIË
Contact person
DG REGIO.A3 — Budget and Financial Management
Telephone
-
E-mail
[email protected]
Fax
-

Internet address(es)

Main address:   http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.cfm

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.4) Type of the contracting authority

European institution/agency or international organisation

I.5) Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Evaluation of Investments in Information and Communication Technologies Supported by the European Regional Development Fund in the Period 2007-2013

Reference number:   2019CE16BAT106

II.1.2) Main CPV code

Main CPV code:   79410000 - Business and management consultancy services

Supplementary CPV code:   -

II.1.3) Type of contract

Services

II.1.4) Short description

Ex post evaluation on investment projects targeting the provision of information and communication technologies (ICT) by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) during the period 2007-2013. For the scope of this evaluation, ICT broadly include telecommunication infrastructures (including broadband networks), information and communication technologies and electronic and digital services and applications for citizens (e-health, e-government, etc.).

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots:   no

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)

Lowest offer:   -

Highest offer:   -

Currency:   -

II.2) Description

II.2.1) Title

-

Lot No:   -

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

Main CPV code:   79419000 - Evaluation consultancy services

Supplementary CPV code:   -

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:   00 - N/A

Main site or place of performance:   -

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

The evaluation will take stock of the different types of interventions in respect of ICT that were co-financed by the ERDF in the 2007-2013 period and assess their rationale and the evidence of their effectiveness, efficiency and impact their coherence with other policies, their relevance and the EU added value.
The evaluation will provide an overview of the different ways in which the ERDF funding for ICT has been used across the EU and will assess the results, insofar as they can be identified. It will examine this in more detail in selected countries and regions, with the aim of identifying the types of interventions that have been most successful (or effective) and the factors contributing to their success, including in the less developed and in the less populated areas (which were object of specific ICT interventions).
The evaluation will be complemented by an analysis of the regulatory frameworks and of the evolution of the technologies affecting the development of ICT investments (and in particular of telecommunication networks — broadband) including price evolutions and public procurement issues, operational costs, the demand factors affecting the developments of the networks (service take-up from retail and/or wholesale providers, investments in ‘last mile’ networks by service providers), as well as the related social aspects (acceptance by users, digital skills and literacy, evolution of digital public services provision, etc.). The evaluation will moreover analyse the market gaps addressed by EU-funded activities and the participation of the private sector (also due to changes in regulations in the retail market and to changes in expected behaviour of private investors).
An assessment of the uptake of the digital services by businesses and households provided within the networks supported by the ERDF will be produced.
A review of the relevant literature and documents will be undertaken, along with an examination of the underlying rationale for the support provided to ICT in OPs (intervention logic) across the EU. A theory of change will then be developed for the different types of measures or projects in the various identified clusters.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Criteria below

Cost criterion - Name:   Quality of the proposed methodology  / Weighting:   50

Cost criterion - Name:   Organisation of the work  / Weighting:   30

Cost criterion - Name:   Quality control measures  / Weighting:   20

II.2.11) Information about options

Options:   no

Description of options:   -

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 IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement:   no

A dynamic purchasing system was set up:   no

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction has been used:   no

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:   2019/S 248-611332

IV.2.8) Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system

The notice involves the termination of the dynamic purchasing system published by the above contract notice:   no

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice:   yes

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No:   -

Lot No:   -

Title:   Evaluation of Investments in Information and Communication Technologies Supported by the European Regional Development Fund in the Period 2007-2013

A contract/lot is awarded:   yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract

V.2.2) Information about tenders

Number of tenders received:   0

Number of tenders received from SMEs:   0

Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States:   0

Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States:   0

Number of tenders received by electronic means:   0

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators:   no

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot

Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot:   -

Total value of the contract/lot:   -

Lowest offer:   -

Highest offer:   -

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting

The contract is likely to be subcontracted:   no

Proportion:   -

Short description of the part of the contract to be subcontracted:   -

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information

The Commission has reconsidered the practicality of awarding of the contract and asking a contractor to execute it in the current uncertain climate and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
It has been therefore decided not to award the contract for the following reasons:
— the complexity of terms of reference and the need for extensive contacts with managing authorities and other stakeholders;
— the high likelihood that contractor would face significant challenges to secure responses from public authorities, charged with coping with the crisis situation;
— the likelihood that the results of the evaluation, whose timeliness would potentially suffer from the above impediments would come too late to be considered as initially planned for the programming of the 2021-2027 generation of ERDF programmes supporting investment in ICT.

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Official name
General Court
Postal address
rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town
Luxembourg
Postal code
2925
Country
LUXEMBOURG
Telephone
+352 4303-1
E-mail
[email protected]
Fax
+352 4303-2100
Internet address
http://curia.europa.eu

VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures

Official name
-
Postal address
-
Town
-
Postal code
-
Country
-
Telephone
-
E-mail
-
Fax
-
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 Regional and Urban Policy, Unit Budget and Financial Management
Postal address
-
Town
Brussels
Postal code
1049
Country
BELGIQUE-BELGIË
Telephone
-
E-mail
[email protected]
Fax
-
Internet address
-

VI.4.5) Date of dispatch of this notice

28-05-2020

Annex D1 – General procurement: Justification for the award of the contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union

1. Justification for the choice of the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a call for competition in accordance with Article 32 of Directive 2014/24/EU

No tenders or no suitable tenders/requests to participate in response to:

open procedure:   no

restricted procedure:   no

The products involved are manufactured purely for the purpose of research, experiment, study or development under the conditions stated in the directive:   -

The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:

absence of competition for technical reasons:   no

procurement aiming at the creation or acquisition of a unique work of art or artistic performance:   no

protection of exclusive rights, including intellectual property rights:   no

Extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable for the contracting authority and in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the directive:   no

Additional deliveries by the original supplier ordered under the strict conditions stated in the directive:   no

New works/services, constituting a repetition of existing works/services and ordered in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the directive:   -

Service contract to be awarded to the winner or one of winners under the rules of a design contest:   -

Procurement of supplies quoted and purchased on a commodity market:   -

Purchase of supplies or services on particularly advantageous terms:

from a supplier which is definitively winding up its business activities:   -

protection of exclusive rights, including intellectual property rights:   -

2. Other justification for the award of the contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union

The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive:   no

3. Explanation

-