4.4. Local open tender for contracts between EUR 100 000 and EUR 300 000
In this case, the publication of a prior information notice is not obligatory and the contract notice is not published in the Official Journal of the European Union but only in the beneficiary country and on the EuropeAid website with the address from which firms can obtain further information. The contract notice for a local tender must as a minimum be published in the Official Journal of the beneficiary country or any equivalent media. Publication is the responsibility of the beneficiary country.
As the cost of publishing the full contract notice in the local media may be high, the template in Annex C3 gives the minimum information which must be included in a local advertisement. However, the full contract notice must be available from the address referred to in the advertisement, together with the tender dossier.
Note that a local open tender procedure must provide other eligible contractors with the same opportunities as local firms. No conditions seeking to restrict the participation of other eligible contractors are allowed (e.g. obliging such firms to be registered in the beneficiary country or to have won contracts there in the past).
In this procedure, there must be a minimum of 30 days between the date of publication of the contract notice in the local press and the deadline for receipt of tenders. However, in exceptional cases, a shorter deadline may be allowed.
INDIRECT MANAGEMENT WITH EX-ANTE CONTROLS:
Prior approval by the European Commission must be sought for a shorter deadline.
The measures applicable to an international open procedure, as described in section 4.3., apply by analogy to the local open procedure.