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Section I: Contracting authority
Cedefop — European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
PO Box 22427
Contact point(s): Mr Yancho Sirakov
For the attention of: Mr George Paraskevaidis
551 02 Thessaloniki
Telephone: +30 2310490064
Fax: +30 2310490028
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/
Electronic access to information: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/about-cedefop/public-procurement
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
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no
Section II: Object of the contract
English editing services.
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: In the contractor’s premises.
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 4
The support of experienced editors is required to improve the quality and readability of Cedefop publications in print and/or on the Web in English.
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
This contract is divided into lots: no
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
The estimated volume of work described in this call for tenders that should be provided under the framework contract is of the order of 4 700 standard pages per year.
Tenderers should be aware that the information on volume is purely indicative, shall not be binding on Cedefop and should not be considered as a warranty as to the final value of the contract. The sum of the amounts of the successive order forms that will be issued after the framework contract is signed may not reach the aforementioned estimated volume. Cedefop will be contractually bound only by the amounts effectively entered in the successive signed order forms. The total value of the framework contract will ultimately depend on the orders which Cedefop may place through order forms.
Description of these options: The contract shall enter into force on the date of signature of the last contracting party (i.e. Cedefop), shall have an initial duration of 2 years and will be automatically renewed up to 2 times, each time for an additional period of 1 year, covering a total period of 4 years (2 + 1 + 1).
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
Payments will be made within 30 days of submission of invoices provided that deliverables (text in English edited to the required standard) are delivered on or before the due date and are accepted.
Participation in tendering procedures is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons or groupings of such persons (consortia) falling within the scope of the treaties.
Tenderers may choose between submitting a joint offer as a consortium/grouping or by introducing a bid as a single tenderer, in both cases with the possibility of having 1 or several subcontractors. Whichever type of bid is chosen, the tenderer must stipulate the legal status and role of each legal entity in the tender proposed.
Groupings (consortia), irrespective of their legal form, may submit a tender on condition that it complies with the rules of competition.
For more information please refer to the tender documents.
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Subcontracting is allowed and is defined as the situation where a contract has been or is to be established between Cedefop and a contractor and where the contractor, in order to carry out that contract, enters into legal commitments with other entities for performing part of the service. If awarded, the contract will be signed by the selected tenderer (the contractor), who will be vis-à-vis Cedefop the only contracting party responsible for the performance of this contract. Cedefop has no direct legal commitment with the subcontractor(s).
For more information please refer to the tender documents.
III.2)Conditions for participation
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Tenderers must meet the exclusion and selection criteria and have the legal position to allow them to participate in this tendering procedure.
Participation in this tender is only open to tenderers who are in a position to subscribe in full to the declaration on exclusion criteria and absence of conflict of interest in Annex C of the tender documents.
Each and all requirements for economic, financial and technical capacity should be fulfilled by the tenderer — alone (in the case of single tenderers) or by the consortium (grouping) as a whole (in case the tenderer is a consortium). Participation in tendering is open to all legal persons bidding either individually or in a grouping (consortium) of tenderers.
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. He must in that case prove to the contracting authority that he will have at his disposal the resources necessary for performance of the contract, for example by producing an undertaking on the part of those entities to place their resources at his disposal.
For more information please refer to the tender documents.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The tenderer must be in a stable financial position and have the economic and financial capacity to perform the contract.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Requirements:
— the average annual turnover of the tenderer for the last 3 financial years concerning the type of services (English editing) covered in this call for tenders should be at least 45 000 EUR.
Proof of economic and financial capacity must be furnished by the following document:
— signed statement of the tenderer’s turnover for the last 3 financial years concerning the type of services similar in nature (English editing) to those making the subject of this call for tenders. Please fill in and sign your statement in questionnaire 2 of Annex G of the tender document.
In the event of recommendation for contract award, the winning tenderer (single tenderer or in the case of a consortium (grouping) each member of the consortium) will be requested to prove the above by submitting audited financial statements (audited profit and loss account/statement or equivalent) if these are foreseen by the respective national legislation. Should total subcontracting exceed 40 % of the work by value, Cedefop reserves the right to request audited financial statements also from the subcontractors.
If, for some exceptional reason the winning tenderer (or any consortium member or subcontractor) is unable to provide 1 or the other of the above documents, he or she will be required to justify the non-provision and may prove his or her economic and financial capacity by any other document which Cedefop considers appropriate. Cedefop reserves the right to request any other document enabling it to verify the tenderer’s economic and financial capacity.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The tenderers are required to have sufficient technical and professional capacity to perform the contract. They must demonstrate qualifications, knowledge, skills and the ability to perform the tasks outlined in the technical specifications.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Requirements for technical and professional capacity:
1. enrolment in the relevant professional register of the tenderer;
2. the tenderer’s experts/editors, whose involvement will be instrumental for the implementation of the contract, must have profiles relevant to the subject of the contract, knowledge and experience for its successful implementation. Each proposed expert/editor must have:
— higher education qualification or an English editing qualification issued by an official training body or professional organisation,
— at least 3 years’ experience of editing publications in English on subjects related to vocational education and training,
— extensive experience in using MS Office (Word and Excel), Adobe Acrobat, an e-mail account and antivirus software;
3. in the past 3 years the tenderer should have performed contracts related to the provision of English editing services (as those required in this call for tenders). The required total value (invoiced financial value) of these contracts for the last 3 years should be at a minimum 135 000 EUR;
4. adequate structure and resources of the tenderer to perform the services described in the technical specifications.
Proof/evidence of technical and professional capacity:
The following documents or information must be presented by the tenderer to prove his technical and professional capacity to perform the proposed contract:
1. document for enrolment in the relevant professional register, as prescribed by the laws of the Member State, where the tenderer is established;
2. for each proposed expert/editor:
— a detailed CV and copies of relevant degrees for each expert/editor proposed,
— a list of the English publications edited on subjects related to vocational education and training, with an indication of the dates on which the editing work was completed,
— a list of the software used by the tenderer’s editors in the editing process;
3. a list of contracts performed by the tenderer in the past 3 years (by the deadline of submission of offers), related to the provision of English editing services, with a minimum total amount of 135 000 EUR (invoiced financial value), describing the clients (contracting authorities), the subjects, the amounts, the dates, the percentage and the specific tasks performed by the tenderer (please fill in Annex G);
4. a brief profile of the tenderer (please fill in Annex G) to prove the ability, technical know-how, experience and expertise needed for the provision of the required services under this call for tenders.
In the case of a consortium or subcontracting, the consortium or the tenderer with all subcontractors together has to provide evidence of technical and professional capacity as a whole (please see also 4.1 and/or 4.2 in the tender specifications).
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes
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 below
1. Quality of editing, as demonstrated by the results of the editing test (the text) in Annex H of the tender document. Weighting 60
2. Working methods for the implementation of the requested services. Weighting 20
3. Quality assurance arrangements. Weighting 10
4. Delivery time assurance. Weighting 10
5. The above 4 criteria are with weighting 70 %, i.e the maximum weighted total quality value (TQV) that could be obtained is 100*70 % = 70. Weighting 70
6. Price. Weighting 30
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
Payable documents: no
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Any EU official language
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Each tenderer may be represented at the opening of tenders by 1 person. The name of the person attending the opening must be notified in writing by fax (+30 2310490028) or by e-mail (email@example.com) at least 2 working days prior to the opening session.
Section VI: Complementary information
This is a recurrent procurement: no
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
Cedefop’s website will be updated regularly and it is the tenderer’s responsibility to check for any updates and modifications during the period for submission.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Within 2 months of the notification to the plaintiff, or, in absence thereof, of the day on which it came to the knowledge. A complaint to the European Ombudsman does not have as an effect either to suspend this period or to open a new period for lodging appeals.