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'Low-value contracts' procedures

'Low-value contracts' procedures

Ex-ante publicity of middle and low-value contracts

Simplified rules apply to calls for tenders valued between €15,000 and €144,000. In such cases, the European Commission can invite a restricted number of candidates to tender.

To make this process more transparent, the Commission must publish its plans for future middle and low-value contracts. On this page, you will find information on the envisaged negotiated procedures for middle and low-value contracts from the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG).

If you are interested in providing the goods or services required, contact the email address provided below at least 3 days before the indicative launch date.

This schedule is indicative only.

Indicative list for negotiated procedures for middle and low-value contracts that may be/have already been launched

Expected resultSelection criteriaIndi­cative launch dateContactStatus
Compendium of large infrastructure projects

The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive overview of existing and planned large infrastructure projects in the EU. It will classify them by sector, country, value, timetable, advancement, financing model, responsible entities and contact person, as well as other information. The study should be presented in an easily readable and processable format. The contractor should also identify existing cooperation and information exchange mechanisms.

 October 2018GROW-G2@ec.europa.eu 
Use cases for the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)Provide detailed information on the use of CPV by economic operators, service providers,  contracting authorities - for procurement purposes;  by other authorities and organisations - for statistical purposes; etc. Provide an analysis of the usefulness of the CPV codes in the context of new technologies. 5 November 2018GROW-ESWG@ec.europa.eu 
Providing technical support for setting up the Big Public Buyers and Networks InitiativeThe purpose of this contract is to procure services necessary to organise the activities of the European Commission's "Big Buyers and Networks Initiative". The main objective of such set of activities is to enhance the uptake of strategic public procurement in Europe through organising partnerships with public buyers in the form of exchange of good practices and leadership and facilitation of joint projects. 5 November 2018GROW-BIG-BUYERS@ec.europa.eu 

Invitation to Tender n° 723/PP/GRO/COPE/18/11071  Update of the Assessment of the Copernicus Security Framework

Update of the Copernicus Security Framework assessment done in 2015, in light of the latest system developments and evolving security threats. Copernicus is the EU space programme for Earth Observation

1. Financial and economic capacity

1.1 Annual turnover above €400,000 for the last two financial years. This criterion applies to the tenderer as a whole, i.e. the combined capacity of all members of a group in the case of a joint tender.

1.2 Reliability of the mitigating measures presented to cover possible deficiencies in the evidence presented for the above criteria.

2. Technical and professional capacity

2.1 One person having a minimum of 5 years' experience in the management of international projects and engineering subjects in the domain of security.

2.2 At least one expert having a minimum of 5 years' experience in the domain of security analysis.

2.3 At least one expert having a minimum of 3 years' experience in the domain of space systems and technologies.

2.4 Evidence showing technical contributions made to the security risk assessment of space systems within the last five years; the tenderer should provide at least 3 examples from past projects covering these services.

2.5 Evidence of good drafting and communication skills in English.

3. Legal and Regulatory capacity

3.1 Evidence of experience and ability to comply with security instructions as described in the draft Security Aspects Letter. An analysis of the SAL requirements and provision of a compliance matrix, providing, if needed, only the status "Partial Compliance (PC)" or "Non Compliance (NC)" with a justification for each of them should be provided.

3.2 The contractor and the subcontractors who require access to classified information must be in an EU country or in a country as defined in Art. 26 of Regulation (EU) No 377/2014, without prejudice to Commission Decision (EU, Euratom) 2015/444 of 13 March 2015 on the security rules for protecting EU classified information, notably Articles 43, 49 and 54.

1 September 2018

Services contract for the delivery of a draft update to “Buying Social – a Guide on taking into account of social considerations in public procurement”Prepare the first draft of a document at EU level updating the 2011 “Buying Social” guide on social considerations in public procurement, with the objective of guiding and supporting contracting authorities in the use of socially responsible considerations. The draft document shall provide concrete and practical recommendations on how to carry out a public procurement procedure with a socially responsible character, with clear examples; easy to understand explanations and clarifications of the legal concepts linked to the application of EU legal provisions to achieve socially responsible public procurement procedures.

The following criteria are indicative:

  • The tenderer must prove in the field of sustainable and socially responsible public procurement with at least 2 projects delivered in this field in the last 5 years with a minimum value for each project of € 30.000, and at least one covering socially responsible public procurement aspects.
  • The tenderer must prove experience of work covering at least 5 EU Member States and experience of working in English, with at least 3 projects delivered in the last 5 years
  • Legal expert specialised in EU public procurement law: at least 1 team member must hold a higher education degree in Law (or equivalent) and 5 years' professional experience in the field of EU public procurement law.
  • Expert in sustainable public procurement with demonstrated experience in socially responsible public procurement: at least 1 team member must have 3 years' professional experience in the field of sustainable public procurement with relevant experience in socially responsible public procurement.
12 August 2018grow-g1@ec.europa.eu 
Mapping of sustainable fashion opportunities for SMEsBetter understanding of the opportunities for fashion SMEs and start-ups to turn to a circular business model and value in economic and social terms.
  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in economic analysis of fashion value chains (international and regional)
  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in the analysis of sustainable and circular economy with a particular focus on fashion/textile/clothing, including knowledge and analysis of obstacles and bottlenecks experienced by fashion companies especially of small size
  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in the analysis of fashion market and consumer behaviour's evolution
  • Excellent drafting skills in English as well as proven presenting and debating skills in English-speaking meetings
Mid-September 2018GROW-CFT-18724-SUST-FASHION@ec.europa.eu 
PP-687 Technical Secretariat for the Notified Bodies Group under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

Ensuring the coordination and cooperation of the Notified Bodies under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, including by

  • Keeping abreast of the progress of EU legislation and standardisation, as well as guidance documents related to the safety of toys, and informing the Notified Bodies Group timely about it;
  • Preparing, holding and following up meetings of the Notified Bodies Group at approximately regular time intervals, allowing them to exchange relevant information and views on their work regarding conformity assessment of toys, including on issues relating to negative and positive conformity assessment results;
  • Preparing, holding and following up workshops for the Notified Bodies Group, as appropriate, to exchange practical experiences and tips on the conformity assessment of toys;
  • Ensuring the further development of Protocols and Recommendations of the Notified Bodies Group, whether existing or new.
Ensuring the provision of technical advice, at the request of the Commission services on subjects related to the application of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.
  • Sufficient economic and financial capacity to guarantee continuous and satisfactory performance throughout the envisaged lifetime of the contract;
  • Proven involvement of at least two years in EU activities on toy safety, in particular with Directive 2009/48/EC
  • Demonstrated experience of at least two years with standardisation policy, in particular with standardisation under Directive 2009/48/EC;
  • Demonstrated knowledge on the concept of the New Approach Legislation, particularly regarding conformity assessment, standards and the role of the notified bodies;
  • Evidence of computer literacy: use of text and spreadsheet applications, communication by e-mail, database use;
  • Experience of at least 2 years in preparing and conducting the secretarial work for the technical part of meetings, ability to draft meeting agendas, working documents and minutes, and to provide overviews;
  • Demonstrated ability to draft reports and provide summaries in English.
15 May 2018GROW-DIR-D-FINANCIAL-TEAM@ec.europa.eu 
685/PP/GRO/SME/ 18/C/063 – First EU-China Virtual Travel Fair on cultural tourism This contract will allow the European Commission to organise an online fair in the area of tourism offering 30 booths to key EU-China non-commercial actors. Synergies with UNESCO and the Council of Europe programme certifying cultural itineraries need be taken into account as booths will be made available for cultural itineraries to present themselves. 
  • Proven experience in providing a virtual reality (VR) platform, building a digital 3D VR business environment, and creating avatar based customised profiles through a web-based technology. The VR platform needs to be accessible via an internet browser without any specific hardware or software and chat and talk functions need to be integrated.
  • Experience with the Chinese online market as the platform needs to be accessible throughout Europe and China without restrictions.
  • Experience in virtual fairs in the area of tourism and/or a track record in trading with China is a plus.
  • Experience in promoting (virtual) events or trade fairs through different communication channels.

15 April 2018


PP-680 Study on illegal sales of pyrotechnic articles destined for professional users (category F4) to the general publicThe study will give the European Commission better knowledge of illegal sales in the internal market of articles categorised as F4 by the Directive 2013/29/ EU related to pyrotechnic articles. The results of the study will provide important information for the Commission to evaluate the effectiveness of the Directive. Specifically, in terms of creating confidence in the single market for pyrotechnic articles while addressing the safety and security concerns arising from certain products.

Sufficient economic and financial capacity to guarantee continuous and satisfactory performance throughout the contract.

The team must demonstrate at least 3 years knowledge and experience related to the EU legal framework for placing pyrotechnic articles on the market.

The team proposed must demonstrate a minimum of 3-years' experience in the analysis of markets. Specifically in the collection of quantitative and qualitative data, analysis of data, and the presentation of conclusions based on that analysis.

5 April 2018GROW-DIR-D-FINANCIAL-TEAM@ec.europa.eu 
683 PP - Technical support on emerging issues on emissions and fuel consumption of LDV (development of the UNECE WLTP)Finalisation of the most relevant open issues and test procedures within the UNECE WLTP project and drafting of the technical elements of the standards.Financial, economic, technical and professional capacity responding to the need of the contract. Technical competence demonstrated by knowledge of legislation in the light vehicle emission sector, both at European and at UNECE levels.end April 2018GROW-C-FINANCIAL-TEAM@ec.europa.eu 
Technical support relating to Directive 95/16/EC on liftsReport of kick-off meeting, draft final report, and final report on essential health and safety requirement 2.2 of Annex I of Directive 95/16/ECFinancial, economic, technical and professional capacity responding to the need of the contract. Technical competence demonstrated by knowledge of legislation, product designs, certification procedures and standards in the machinery and lifts sectors.7 December 2017 Closed

Background Report on Costs and cost structure of defence research and development programmes

A 60 pages report on levels and structure of costs and risks during the different stages of defence research and development programmes and related funding needs in view of fostering cross-border cooperation.

(indicative): Financial, economic, technical and professional capacity adapted to the need of the contract; relevant experience in defence economics / industrial aspects of Defence; and quality and price of offer.

24 November 2017


Background Report on SMEs in defence research and development

A 25 pages Report on role and contribution of SMEs to research and development programmes, the specific problems they face, possibly in relation to cross-border issues, and how these can be addressed.

(indicative): Financial, economic, technical and professional capacity responding to the need of the contract. Relevant experience on defence economics (SMEs and cross-border issues); quality and price of offer.

24 November 2017

660/PP/GRO/SME/ 17/F/119 - Analytical support to the work of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs)

This contract will provide the European Commission with analytical support, including macro-economic analysis, to define and identify the "value chains of strategic importance to Europe". This contract will provide the European Commission with technical support to analyse the stakeholders' contributions received during the stakeholder consultation. This contract will also provide analytical support to prioritise "key value chains" which require joint efforts and investments by public authorities and industries from several Member States. It will entail attendance to specific events and meetings, including the Industry Day 2018 and the first meeting of the Strategic Forum on IPCEIs.

  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in macro-economic analysis of value chains (international and regional), including specific issues like international integration, inter-linkages and trade
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in the analysis of advanced technologies (e.g. advanced digital and key enabling technologies), including their industrial implications and the European academic and technology base
  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in the analysis of industrial value chains in Europe, including specific issues like their positioning within global value chains and corresponding comparative advantages, the investment needs and obstacles, and/or the links with regional smart specialisation strategies.
  • Excellent drafting skills in English as well as proven presenting and debating skills in English-speaking meetings

28 November 2017

654/PP/GRO/IMA /17/1132/9863 - provision of data in the area of retail

The expected result is continuous data delivery during a period of 1 year, covering all EU countries and the entire retail sector, with hard market data and reports on specific topics such as:

  • economic performance
  • market structure
  • market functioning


There should be special emphasis on the sector's regulatory framework and the distinction between online and offline sales should be taken into account.

Interested economic operators should have:
  • sufficient economic and financial capacity to guarantee the provision of required data
  • the necessary technical and professional capacity to provide the service – this should be demonstrated with a proven level and track record of knowledge and expertise in terms of data provision in the last 3 years

20 November 2017

The deadline for submitting your interest in 16 November 2017.

Technical support for radio regulatory matters concerning the EU space pro­grammesThis contract will provide the European Commission with specialist technical and regulatory support for radio regulatory matters concerning European Union space programmes (EUSP) managed by the European Commission. It will entail attendance at specified meetings conducted by the Conference for European Postal and Tele­communications Administrations (CEPT) and the UN's International Tele­communication Union (ITU), to report on matters that could affect the EUSP, as well as representing its interests.
  • a minimum of five years' experience of working with the Radio Regulations especially for satellite navigation and Earth-exploration and the working methods in the ITU and CEPT
  • experience of dealing with the World Radio­communication Conference (WRC) process and active participation in at least three WRCs since 1999
  • excellent representation and debating skills at national and international meetings in English-speaking fora, as well as very good written communication skills in English
  • a very strong network of contacts within European National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and industry, as well as NRA's and industry outside Europe
10 August 2017GROW GP2
Public pro­curement - Execution of a test regarding the practical application and imple­mentation of the European e-Invoicing standard for an end usere-Invoicing standard testing-Feb­ruary 2017-closed
607/PP - Survey on users' need for information on con­struction productsSurvey on construction product users' need for information on use of those products and their future performance in buildings.Polling/market analysis professionals with appropriate tools (like online survey software, etc.) and EU language competences.Second half of May-closed
Feasibility study on the economic and societal impact of stan­dardisation as formulated under Action 1 of the Joint Initiative on Stan­dardisationExpected result:
The basic objectives of the study on the economic and societal impacts of stan­dardisation are clear and should create:
  • more detailed knowledge at EU and EFTA member state level of stan­dardisation's contribution to economic growth through its effect on productivity, com­petiveness and innovation, as well as societal welfare
  • a better insight into the impact of standards and stan­dardisation on businesses and their supply chains
  • help to the public sector to better understand the impact of using standards in public policy
  • a clearer understanding of the impact of standards and stan­dardisation that could allow for a comprehensive analysis of the efficiency of the ESS
 20 June 2017-closed
Pro­curement of services in support to the rotating presidency of the Committee on Earth Obser­vation Satellites (CEOS)Support the CEOS Chair Secretariat. The CEOS Chair develops the Secretariat meeting agenda, provides it to participants for comment, and distributes meeting minutes. It is also responsible for inviting representatives from additional CEOS Agencies or other organisations to participate in Secretariat meetings.Selection criteria30 June 2017-closed

Personal data

Any personal data collected will be made available to the relevant services within the DG. It will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on data protection.

You will have the right to access and update any personal data you provide.

If you have any questions concerning the processing of your personal data, send them to GROW-FINANCIAL-UNIT-PROCUREMENT-GRANT-MANAGEMENT@ec.europa.eu

If you believe your personal data was processed against the rules, you can appeal to the European Data Protection Supervisor.

Ex-post publicity of middle and low-value contracts

Contracts between €15,000 and €135,000 awarded in one financial year are published via the Financial Transparency System before 30 June of the following year.