Public Procurement at the BEREC Office
Procurement in the context of the activity of the Agency for Support for BEREC (BEREC Office) means the acquisition by means of a contract of works, supplies, services and rental/purchase of land, buildings or other immovable property on its own account. Public procurement at the BEREC Office follows the rules outlined in Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union – the ‘General Financial Regulation’. These rules are widely based on the rules set out in Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts (Text with EEA relevance) and Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement.
When awarding a contract, the BEREC Office follows the principles of transparency, proportionality, equal treatment, non-discrimination, sound financial management and ensuring competition to the extent possible.
The choice of the procurement procedure depends mainly on the threshold amounts, as follows:
To ensure transparency of its procurement procedures, the BEREC Office uses the specialised electronic edition of the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) for procurement, Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) e-Tendering, the BEREC website and social media. The BEREC Office always publishes well in advance its Procurement Plan, which should be used as the main source of information by the economic operators for the forthcoming procurements.
TED e-Tendering is an EU institutions’ eProcurement platform based on EU directives on public procurement. Allowing free electronic access to calls for tenders documents such as contractual documentation, technical specifications, annexes, questions and answers, etc., TED e-Tendering effectively represents an added-value extension to TED, the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union’.
TED e-Tendering is also used for the electronic exchange of information between the BEREC Office and potential contractors, as well as for the electronic submission of documents in response to calls for tenders.
Benefits for economic operators from the use of TED e-Tendering
- free electronic access, at any time, to all publicly available calls for tenders;
- easy download of documents in the available language versions;
- consultation of available questions and answers and the possibility to ask new questions;
- electronic subscription to a call for tenders to be informed about updates by email;
- email alerts about new calls for tenders published.
All information on public calls for tenders is accessible, even without registration.
Registered economic operators will also gain access to the following functionalities:
- to submit questions relating to the calls for tenders they are interested in;
- to subscribe to calls for tenders in order to receive updates;
- to have notification messages relating to calls for tenders saved in their TED e-Tendering account.
Further information about the use of TED e-Tendering can be found in the ‘Quick Reference Guide’ prepared jointly by the European Commission and the BEREC Office.