This publication is made pursuant to Article 124.1(b) of the Rules of Application of the Financial Regulation that provides for an ex-ante publication on the Institutions' websites of contracts with a value up to 60.000 EUR.

The European Commission will soon launch a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 60.000 (sixty thousand euros).

The purpose of this call for tenders is to gain insights into the current data-related situation (taxonomy, mapping, gap analysis, players, business models, applicable legislation, bottlenecks and their cause) in the context of the adoption and application of smart cities solutions for cities, communities and local stakeholders.

The expected results are:

  • an understanding of the most relevant use cases linked to smart city services or solutions.
  • an understanding of the most relevant data related considerations around these use cases.
  • an understanding of the precise nature of the players and related business models around these use cases.

Special focus has to be put on:

  • providing evidence that goes beyond anecdotal situations.
  • focusing on the service level rather than the equipment level.
  • differentiating larger trends from particular situations.


i. Identify representative use cases for smart city solutions and provide mapping, taxonomy and analysis of the main data issues in relation to the most common use cases for smart city solutions.

ii. Provide an analysis of the state of play.

iii. Organize a workshop with relevant stakeholders before the final analysis is provided.

Further information can be found in the Annex.

Interested economic operators can express their interest to participate in the call for tender until 31/12/2015 in writing to

No evaluation is performed at this stage. All the economic operators who have expressed their interest to participate in this procurement procedure within the above-mentioned deadline will be subsequently invited to submit a tender. The contracting authority reserves the right to also invite economic operators not included in the list of interested economic operators who responded to this ex-ante advertisement.

An economic operator may consider submitting a tender as a single entity or in collaboration with other service providers: either by submitting a joint tender with (a) partner(s) and/or through subcontracting. The economic operator must indicate at the stage of the expression of interest the legal status and the role of each legal entity being part of the grouping.

Only the candidates invited by the contracting authority to participate in this procurement procedure will be admissible. Tenders submitted by groupings of economic operators other than the ones declared in response to this ex-ante advertisement will be rejected.

Processing your reply to the ex-ante advertisement will involve the recording and processing of personal data (such as your name and address). Such data will be processed pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. Unless indicated otherwise, any personal data requested are required to register your interest to participate in the call for tender and will be processed solely for that purpose by the Data Controller. You are entitled to obtain access to your personal data on request and to rectify any such data that is inaccurate or incomplete. If you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, you may address them to the Data Controller.

Details concerning the processing of your personal data are available on the privacy statement.

You have the right of recourse at any time to the European Data Protection Supervisor for matters relating to the processing of your personal data.

For the purpose of this ex-ante advertisement, the Data Controller shall be the Head of the Unit "Finance", Directorate "Support", Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Any queries concerning the processing of personal data of the Candidate can be addressed to the data controller by using the e-mail address mentioned under Point "Purpose of this call for tenders" of the present ex-ante advertisement and by indicating the reference of the ex-ante advertisement.

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