What are Framework Contracts?
The European Commission (EC) streamlined its procurement procedures through the Framework Contracts (FWC), so as to increase flexibility in the provision of short term technical assistance (TA). Framework contracts cover all the beneficiary countries/authorities of the EC’s external aid programmes.
Framework contracts are multi-year contracts in which different consortia (groups of companies) become ”preferred suppliers” for TA services to the EC for a specific area of expertise, the so-called ‘Lots’. Pinto Consulting is currently involved with Lot 10.
The procedures vary but typically each lot is serviced by several Consortia who are invited through Request for Services (RfS) to submit an offer (CVs + Statements, financial offer and possibly a methodology). Each of these Consortia seeks to offer a qualified team to the EC by using their own staff, partner network or freelance consultants.
The time between the RfS and the deadline to submit an offer is usually two weeks (14 calendar days). Based upon an evaluation of the offers submitted by the different consortia the EC decides which offer will be selected. Typically the team needs to be mobilised at very short notice.
The individual projects under the framework contracts are limited in duration and budget with a maximum duration of two years and a maximum value of up to € 200,000.
The scope of services requested under the projects relate to the full project cycle: Identification, feasibility, operational and technical follow-up assignments, financial and/or contractual monitoring, project evaluation, technical, financial or contractual audit of the project, technical advice and support, information and communication, or closure of a project.
Lot 10: Trade, Standards and Private Sector
Trade and Standards
- Trade policy development and reform
- Support to trade negotiations
- Regional economic integration – support to establishment of customs unions
- Trade facilitation / customs
- Conformity assessment (accreditation, certification and testing laboratories) covering Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues / Technical barriers to trade
- Standards and norms covering Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues / Technical barriers to trade
- Support to producers in Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues
- Support to producers in addressing issues related to Technical barriers to trade
- Intellectual property (industrial property, copyright / related rights)
- Trade in Services
- Competition policy
- Trade and environment
- Trade defence instruments / dispute settlement / transparency and government procurement
- Trade promotion
- Market analysis / strategy development
- Private sector development policy and reform
- Privatisation and industrial policy, including Public-Private Partnership
- Sector policies (textile, mining, pharmaceutical industry, agriculture etc.)
- SMEs policy development
- Regulatory reform for improving the business environment
- Investment promotion (domestic and foreign)
- Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) support (inclusive advisory services for management, production, technology, research & development, marketing, partnership, decent work, export promotion, financing, human resources management incl. gender issue, training, environmental impact, production quality, etc.)
- Commercial banking, inclusive financial services to SMEs (credit lines, equity, guarantees, micro-credit)
- Financial sector regulation (incl. supervision of banking, insurance, pension funds, securities etc.)
- Corporate governance issues (including corporate social responsibility)
- Supporting professional/commercial/advisory bodies (professional associations, decentralised advisory agencies, local consultancy strengthening, Chambers of commerce, European Information Correspondence Centres (EICC), Business Centres