The purpose of this call for tenders is to gain insight in the practices and issues relating to data portability and application portability while switching of cloud services providers.

The European Commission will launch soon a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 130 000 (One Hundred Thirty Thousand euro).

The purpose of this call for tenders is to gain insight in the practices and issues relating to data portability and application portability while switching of cloud services providers. The study should specifically analyse their technical, legal and economic feasibility. The study should also analyse the anticipated effects that data portability and application portability can have in the development of the cloud market (on both the demand and the supply side). The study will support policy-making aimed at facilitating switching of cloud services providers by both business users and private users.

The results of the study will be part of a comprehensive approach to the Digital Single Market and to actions aimed at overcoming the barriers to the free flow of data and to the take up of cloud computing in Europe (both supply and demand side). As part of the DSM Strategy, proposal covering harmonised EU rules for the supply of digital content, the Digitising European Industry (DEI) package and the Communication on Online Platforms will be part of the context as well as the General Data Protection Regulation.

More information is provided in the attached Scoping Paper.

Interested economic operators can express their interest to participate in the call for tender until 24/06/2016 in writing to CNECT-R2-EOI@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 (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 at:

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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