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Section I: Contracting authority
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Contact point(s): DG EPRS — Directorate B, the Library
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
Electronic access to information: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/tenders/invitations.htm
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
European institution/agency or international organisation
General public services
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no
Section II: Object of the contract
Purchase and supply of e-books via an electronic platform for the Library of the European Parliament.
Service category No 26: Recreational, cultural and sporting services
NUTS code BE100,LU00
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT: 180 000 EUR
The specification concerns the purchase and supply of e-books via an electronic platform for the Library of the European Parliament. A broad collection of e-books will be pre-selected and made available for internal users for short-term loan and/or purchase. Purchased titles will be integrated in the Library collection in such a way that they can be found as any other material via the Library’s portal.
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
This contract is divided into lots: no
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 3
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)
Duration in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: 1. Tenderers shall furnish the following documentary evidence:
— a recent extract from the judicial record or, failing that, a recent equivalent document issued by a judicial or administrative authority in the country of origin or provenance showing that the tenderer to whom the contract is to be awarded is not in one of the situations referred to in Article 106(1)(a), (b) or (e) of the Financial Regulation; for the instances referred to in Article 106(1)(b) and (e), the same shall apply to persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control over the tenderer,
— a recent certificate issued by the competent authority of the State concerned proving that the tenderer is not in the situation referred to in Article 106(1)(d) of the Financial Regulation,
— where the documents or certificates referred to above are not issued in the country concerned, and in respect of the other exclusion situations referred to in Article 106 of the Financial Regulation, they may be replaced by a sworn or, failing that, a solemn statement made by the interested party before a judicial or administrative authority, a notary or a qualified professional body in his country of origin or provenance,
— an attestation on the tenderer’s honour, duly dated and signed, in which he declares that he is not in one of the situations referred to in Articles 106 and 107 of the Financial Regulation; the requisite model declaration on the tenderer’s honour is appended to these specifications (Annex III).
2. Tenderers shall be exempt from the requirement to submit the documentary evidence referred to in paragraph 1 if that evidence has already been submitted for the purposes of another European Parliament procurement procedure and provided that the documents in question were not issued more than 1 year previously and are still valid. In such cases, tenderers shall attest on their honour that the supporting documents have already been provided in a previous procurement procedure, which they shall identify, and that no changes in their situation have occurred.
Any tenderer must furnish proof of his authorisation to perform the contract under his national law. To do so, he shall submit 1 or more supporting documents substantiating that authorisation. The European Parliament accepts, as supporting documents, registration in the business or professional registry, a sworn statement or certificate substantiating membership of a specific organisation or registration in the VAT registry. If none of these documents provides the requisite proof to substantiate and assess the existence of such authorisation, the European Parliament may accept other equivalent official documents furnished by the tenderer.
In the case of consortia of economic operators, each member will furnish proof of authorisation to perform the contract.
Proof of status and legal capacity:
As proof of their status and legal capacity, tenderers must append to their tenders a copy of their articles of association or equivalent document enabling the European Parliament to determine their form and legal capacity to perform the contract. Should the proof submitted not be sufficient for that purpose, the European Parliament may demand other proof during the tender assessment process. Where no such proof is submitted, the European Parliament reserves the right to deem the tender inadmissible.
In the case of consortia of economic operators, each member will furnish proof of authorisation to perform the contract.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Tenderers shall have sufficient economic and financial resources to enable them to perform the contract in compliance with the contractual provisions, given the value and scope thereof. If, on the basis of the information supplied by the tenderer, the European Parliament has doubts about a tenderer’s financial resources, or if these are insufficient for performance of the contract, the tender may be rejected without the tenderer being entitled to claim any financial compensation.
In respect of the contract which is the subject of this invitation to tender, the European Parliament furthermore requires tenderers to have a minimum financial and economic capacity, which will be assessed on the basis of the following information:
— minimum turnover of 180 000 EUR,
— operating profit over the last 3 financial years.
Financial and economic capacity will be assessed on the basis of the information included in the following documents, to be supplied by tenderers:
— appropriate statements from banks or evidence of professional risk indemnity insurance,
— financial statements (balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and any other related financial information) for at most the last 3 years for which accounts have been closed,
— a statement of overall turnover and turnover relating to the works, supplies or services associated with the field covered by the contract during a period which may be no more than the last 3 financial years.
If the tenderer is unable to provide the references requested, he may prove his economic and financial capacity by any other means which the European Parliament considers appropriate.
The tenderer may also rely on the capacity of other entities, irrespective of the legal nature of the links between him and those entities. In that case, he must prove to the European Parliament that he will have the resources needed to perform the contract, for instance by providing an assurance of the undertaking by those entities to make them available to him. In that case the European Parliament is entitled to refuse the application or the tender submitted if it has doubts about the undertaking by the third party or about that party’s financial capacity. Parliament may require the tenderer and those other entities to be jointly liable for performance of the contract.
On the same basis, a consortium of economic operators may rely on the capacity of members of the consortium or of other entities.
Tenderers may also rely on the economic capacities of 1 or more subcontractors in so far as they undertake to take part in the process of performing the contract. In such instances, the European Parliament will assess the capacities of the subcontractor(s) in the light of the extent to which the latter is/are involved in performing the contract.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Tenderers must have sufficient technical and professional capacity to enable them to perform the contract in compliance with the contractual provisions, taking into account its value and scale. If, in the light of the information supplied by the tenderer, the European Parliament has doubts about a tenderer’s technical and professional capacity, or if it is clearly insufficient for performance of the contract, the tender may be rejected without the tenderer being able to claim any financial compensation.
In respect of the contract which is the subject of this invitation to tender the European Parliament requires tenderers to have the following technical and professional capacity:
a) at least 3 years’ experience in services/deliveries similar to those required by the contract concerned (i.e. the supply of e-books and maintenance of an e-book platform);
b) a team of experts in the field of e-book supply via an electronic platform comprising at least 3 persons, among whom at least the project leader must have 3 years’ proven experience in the field covered by the invitation to tender; the other members of the team will have at least 1 year’s experience;
c) a network of clients to whom you have ensured a regular supply of e-books via an electronic platform in Europe and/or worldwide;
d) the platform must allow the reading of e-books via mobile devices such as e-book readers, tablets and smartphones;
e) the platform must be able to work in the EP IT environment: the EP currently works with Internet Explorer 9 and Adobe Reader 11;
f) the European Parliament has offices in 3 main locations: Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg; it also has representation offices in other countries. Access to the platform shall be granted by IP recognition. Access via mobile device may occur from anywhere in the world, via username and password.
Depending on the nature, quantity or scale and purpose of the services to be provided, the technical and professional capacity of economic operators will be substantiated by 1 or more of the following documents:
a) the educational and professional qualifications of the person or persons responsible for providing the services or carrying out the works. For this purpose, tenderers are required to provide a staff profile (Annex IX) for the project manager of the team;
b) a list of the principal services provided and supplies delivered in the past 3 years, with the sums, dates and recipients, public or private;
c) technical specifications proving that the platform conforms with the requirements of points d), e) and f) above.
Taking into account the nature and value of the contract, the European Parliament will require the following minimum capacity:
The tenderer or candidate may also rely on the capacity of other entities, irrespective of the legal nature of the links between himself and those entities. In that case, he must prove to the European Parliament that he will have the resources needed to perform the contract, for instance by providing an assurance of the undertaking by those entities to make them available to him. In that case the European Parliament is entitled to refuse the application or the tender submitted if it has doubts about the undertaking by the third party or about that party’s professional and/or technical capacity.
At all events, tenderers may always rely on the economic capacities of 1 or more subcontractors in so far as they undertake to take part in the process of performing the contract. In such instances, the European Parliament will assess the capacities of the subcontractor(s) in the light of the extent to which the latter is/are involved in performing the contract.
If it establishes that a tenderer faces a conflict of interest which could affect the performance of the contract, the European Parliament may conclude that the tenderer is not of the calibre required to perform the contract.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
Payable documents: no
26.5.2015 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Any EU official language
Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
In European Parliament’s premises, square de Meeûs Building; SQM 02 Y 291, Brussels, BELGIUM.
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Tenderers wishing to attend the opening of the tenders are asked to notify the department responsible for managing this procurement procedure, no later than 2 working days before the tender opening date by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Only 2 representatives may attend. Tenderers failing to give notification will automatically be refused access to the opening. The names of the persons attending the opening of the tenders must be given in the notification.