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Procurements and Grants

Procurement

Contracts are awarded according to EU public tender procedures which will take one of the following forms: open procedure, restricted procedure, negotiated procedure or competitive dialogue.

Forms of procurement


Open procedure:

All economic operators are invited to submit a tender. Tenders are evaluated on the basis of the criteria published in the contract notice.

Restricted procedure in two stages:

Stage one:

Call for expression of interest.

Companies are shortlisted based upon technical and financial capabilities following the market survey.

Stage two:

Only pre-selected candidates are invited to submit their tender.

Tenders are evaluated on the basis of the criteria published in the contract notice.

Negotiated procedure:

Can be used for the award of the contracts having a value of less than or equal to 250.000 Euro and in the exceptional cases defined in Article 100 of F4E Implementing rules.

 

It is a procurement procedure without a prior publication of a contract notice in which F4E shall invite economic operators of its choice to submit tenders and, subject to the condition that they satisfy the exclusion and selection criteria, negotiate the terms of the contract with one of more of them.

 

Competitive dialogue:

F4E can launch such procedure in collaboration with industry, when it is not possible to define the appropriate technical means or solutions to meet the F4E requirements.

Types of procurement


Administrative Contracts:

Administrative Contracts are awarded in order to obtain the supply of movable or immovable assets, the execution of works or the provision of services to enable the administrative set up and functioning of F4E. For instance: contracts for IT equipment, office furniture, information and communication campaigns, training courses, publications, accessing databases, organising conferences, etc.

The principles governing the placing of these contracts are those referred to in Chapter 2 of Title V of the F4E Financial Regulation, established in accordance to the provisions for procurement laid down in the General Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities (the "EC Financial Regulation" - Regulation (EC, Euratom) No1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 -).

These principles, together with the relevant provisions of the Implementing Rules of the EC Financial Regulation, form the procurement system being the standard procurement system followed by the European Communities to award these contracts.

Operational Contracts:

Operational Contracts are awarded in order to obtain the supply of movable or immovable assets, the execution of works or the provision of services for the implementation of the F4E's international tasks related to the construction of ITER and the implementation of the Broader Approach and Demo. These tasks are those referred to in Article 1(2) of the Council Decision establishing the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy and conferring advantages upon it.

The principles governing the placing of these contracts are established in Chapter 1 of Title V of the F4E's Financial Regulation. These principles, together with the provisions of the F4E's Implementing Rules for procurement, form an ad hoc procurement system tailored to the F4E's specific needs.

For an overview of all ongoing procurement calls, visit the Industry and Fusion Laboratories Portal.