Multiple Framework Contract for the Provision of Scientific Advice for the Mediterranean and Black Seas
EASME wishes to enter into maximum three framework contracts in cascade per lot, the lots being:
- Lot 1: Scientific advice for the Western and Central Mediterranean Seas.
- Lot 2: Scientific advice for the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
- Lot 3: Scientific advice for the Black Sea.
This invitation to tender will result in the conclusion of a Multiple Framework Contract (MFC) for the provision of specific and timely scientific advice in support of the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, including at international level within the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
The objective of this MFC is to provide the Contracting authority with a flexible tool to request specific and timely scientific responses, through advice and/or other specific preliminary services needed for the provision of the advice, that are necessary for the daily activities related to policy-making and to the management of the Mediterranean and Black Seas' fisheries, in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy and the GFCM's objectives.
This Multiple Framework Contract will be used for the provision of scientific advice, as well as for other related specific preliminary services needed to provide such advice. Some examples are the collection, treatment and analysis of data on stocks, fisheries and habitats. The monitoring of fisheries resources (at ports and at sea) and the performance of selectivity trials at sea, either with research or with commercial vessels, will also be addressed in cases not covered by the Data Collection Framework or that may need punctual higher sampling intensity to carry out specific studies and analysis.
As the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) shall implement the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management, all related aspects, including the socio-economic implications of fisheries, must be covered when providing scientific advice under this MFC. It is also essential for the present and future management of the Mediterranean and Black Seas’ fisheries that the research organisms, institutes and universities in the whole sea basin, both from EU and non-EU countries, are closely cooperating in their scientific work.
The work carried out under this MFC must also contribute to the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, the work of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), and in particular to the GFCM's post-2020 strategy towards the sustainability of Mediterranean and Black Seas' fisheries and the commitments of the MedFish4ever and Sofia Declarations.
The ultimate objective is to contribute to the efforts to reverse the declining trend of fish stocks and impacts of fisheries on the ecosystem through strengthened scientific advice in support of management.
The call for tenders aims at selecting framework contractors capable of providing expert capacity that will be used, on demand, by means of specific service requests. Prior to entering into specific contracts on the basis of such requests, their detailed content and budget will be defined. The service requests will stipulate the exact nature of the work to be carried out, i.e. the type of analysis and needed scientific advice, the tasks to be performed, resources to be allocated, exact duration and the format required for reporting.
The contractor may be required to collaborate with relevant organisations, including Regional Fisheries Management Organisations or with fisheries or marine research institutions in third countries with which the European Union promotes cooperation.
Participation in this call for tenders is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons coming within the scope of the Treaties, as well as to international organisations.
For more information, please see the Tender Specifications.
The framework contracts resulting from the award of this call for tenders will be concluded for at most 24 months with the possibility of one renewal of 24 months.
Lot 1: Scientific advice for the Western and Central Mediterranean Sea. The estimated maximum amount is EUR 1.5 million for the initial contract and EUR 1.5 million for the possible renewal.
Lot 2: Scientific advice for the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The estimated maximum amount is EUR 1 million for the initial contract and EUR 1 million for the possible renewal.
Lot 3: Scientific advice for the Black Sea. The estimated maximum amount is EUR 1 million for the initial contract and EUR 1 million for the possible renewal.
For more information, please see here.