The purpose of this call for tenders is to launch a 7 months Study analysing the scope, impact and magnitude of DNS abuse. On the basis of data and evidence collection, interviews and workshops with relevant experts and stakeholders, the Study will also provide input for possible policy measures in the field of DNS abuse.

This publication is made pursuant to Point 3.1 of Annex 1 to Financial Regulation 2018 that provides for an ex-ante publication on the Institutions' websites of contracts with a value up to 138.999,99 EUR.

The European Commission will launch soon a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 100 000.

The Study will focus on the European market and regulatory framework but, given the global nature of the phenomenon, it will also assess the broader DNS market and governance framework. The analysis will focus on DNS abuse both in relation to cybersecurity threats and to the distribution of harmful or illegal content. It will provide a comprehensive overview of the existing policies, applicable laws and relevant industry practices in the field.

The Study aims at providing recommendations on how to address different categories of DNS abuses, in order to guide possible future policy development in the field. To this end, the Study will assess the role of all the actors involved, including at international level.

Full details about the tender specifications are provided as an Annex to this Advertisement.

Interested economic operators can express their interest to participate in the call for tender until 21/09/2020 in writing to DG CONNECT at the European Commission at the following address: CNECT-VIGIE-2020-0653@ec.europa.eu

 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) (assuming joint and several liability towards the contracting authority for the performance of the contract) and/or through subcontracting. In case of a joint tender with (a) partner(s), all partners must be identified in the expression of interest and cannot be modified at a further stage of the procurement procedure.

Only the candidates invited by the contracting authority to participate in this procurement procedure will be admissible.

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 (EU) 2018/1725 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 "Administration and Finance", Directorate "Resources and 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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