Changes1.Publication reference




3.Programme title

Multi-annual Operational Programme ‘Competitiveness and Innovation Sector’ for community assistance from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) for the Socioeconomic and Regional Development Policy Area in Turkey.


IPA II budget item 22.02 03 02 of the General Budget of the EU and National Contribution.

5.Contracting Authority

Ministry of Industry and Technology - DG for EU and Foreign Affairs - Directorate of EU Financial Programmes (MoIT/ DoEUFP), Ankara, TURKEY

Clarifications may be sought from the Contracting Authority at the following email address at the latest 21 days before the deadline for submission of applications stated at the point 23 below.

Clarifications will be published on the website of DG international cooperation and development at the latest 5 days before the deadline.

Contract Specification6.Nature of contract


7.Contract description

The purposes of the contract are:

— to establish and develop the institutional capacity of Dried Apricot Licensed Warehousing Enterprise (DALWE) and Authorized Classifier Company (ACLC) to deliver value to the local economy in a financial and institutional sustainable manner,

— to improve existing institutional capacity of Malatya Commodity Exchange (CEXCH) to function as Exchange (EXCH) in accordance with dried apricot licensed warehousing legislation of Turkey in a financial and institutional sustainable manner,

— to improve competitiveness of Malatya dried apricot market,

— to develop capacity of target groups to benefit from Malatya Dried Apricot Licensed Warehouse and Exchange (DALWEXCH).

The contractor will provide technical assistance services for operationalization, establishment and development of the institutional capacity of a dried apricot licensed warehouse and exchange regarding licensed warehousing legislation of Turkey.

8.Number and titles of lots

One lot only

9.Maximum budget

1 087 600 EUR

10.Scope for additional services

The Contracting Authority may, at its own discretion, extend the project in duration and/or scope subject to the availability of funding up to the estimated amount of approximately 1 087 600 EUR. Any extension of the contract would be subject to satisfactory performance by the contractor.

Conditions of participation11.Eligibility

Participation is open to all natural persons who are nationals of and legal persons (participating either individually or in a grouping — consortium — of tenderers) which are effectively established in a Member State of the European Union or in a eligible country or territory as defined under the Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 establishing common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for external action (CIR) for the applicable instrument under which the contract is financed (see also heading 29 below).

Participation is also open to international organisations.

Please be aware that after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, the rules of access to EU procurement procedures of economic operators established in third countries will apply to candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom depending on the outcome of negotiations. In case such access is not provided by legal provisions in force at the time of contract award, candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom could be rejected from the procurement procedure.


All eligible natural and legal persons (as per item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.

A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (i.e., the leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the Contracting Authority.

The participation of an ineligible natural or legal person (as per item 11) will result in the automatic exclusion of that person. In particular, if that ineligible person belongs to a consortium, the whole consortium will be excluded.

13.Number of applications

No more than one application can be submitted by a natural or legal person whatever the form of participation (as an individual legal entity or as leader or member of a consortium submitting an application). In the event that a natural or legal person submits more than one application, all applications in which that person has participated will be excluded.

14.Shortlist alliances prohibited

Any tenders received from tenderers comprising firms other than those mentioned in the short-listed application forms will be excluded from this restricted tender procedure unless prior approval from the Contracting Authority has been obtained (see practical guide — PRAG — 2.6.3.). Short-listed candidates may not form alliances or subcontract to each other for the contract in question.

15.Grounds for exclusion

As part of the application form, candidates must submit a signed declaration, included in the standard application form, to the effect that they are not in any of the exclusion situations listed in Section of the PRAG.

Candidates included in the lists of EU restrictive measures (see Section 2.4. of the PRAG) at the moment of the award decision cannot be awarded the contract.


Subcontracting is allowed.

17.Number of candidates to be short-listed

On the basis of the applications received, between 4 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 4, the Contracting Authority may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.

Provisional timetable18.Provisional date of invitation to tender

September 2019

19.Provisional commencement date of the contract

June 2020

20.Initial period of implementation of tasks

30 months

Selection and award criteria21.Selection criteria

The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates. In the case of applications submitted by a consortium, these selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as a whole unless specified otherwise. The selection criteria will not be applied to natural persons and single-member companies when they are sub-contractors.

1) Economic and financial capacity of candidate (based on item 3 of the application form). In case of candidate being a public body, equivalent information should be provided. The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years for which accounts have been closed.

Criteria for legal and natural persons:

— the average annual turnover of the candidate must exceed 550 000 EUR for the last 3 closed financial years.

2) Professional capacity of candidate (based on items 4 and 5 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years from submission deadline.

Criteria for legal and natural persons:

— at least 5 staff currently work for the candidate in fields related to this contract.

3) Technical capacity of candidate (based on items 5 and 6 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years from submission deadline.

This means that the project the candidate refers to could have been started or completed at any time during the indicated period but it does not necessarily have to be started and completed during that period, nor implemented during the entire period. Candidates/tenderers are allowed to refer either to projects completed within the reference period (although started earlier) or to projects not yet completed. In the first case the project will be considered in its whole if proper evidence of performance is provided (statement or certificate from the entity which awarded the contract, proof of final payment). In case of projects still on-going only the portion satisfactorily completed during the reference period although started earlier will be taken into consideration. This portion will have to be supported by documentary evidence (similarly to projects completed) also detailing its value. If a candidate/tenderer has implemented the project in a consortium, the percentage that the candidate/tenderer has successfully completed must be clear from the documentary evidence, together with a description of the nature of the services provided if the selection criteria relating to the pertinence of the experience have been used.

Criteria for legal and natural persons:

1) The candidate has provided technical assistance services under a single contract with a budget of at least 1 100 000 EUR (proportion carried out by the candidate) (excluding construction supervision services and tender dossier preparation);

2) The candidate has provided institutional capacity building and/or business development services to directly SMEs/Private Sector, under a single contract, with a budget of at least 400 000 EUR (proportion carried out by the candidate).

If the candidates who perform activities listed in the technical capacity criteria, as part of their operations, submit their operations as references, total amount of budget spent during the last 36 months prior to the submission deadline will be considered as the contract budget.

All references should indicate clearly the specific tasks, budget spent and duration/period as day/month/year. Documentary evidence for all references (completed and on-going references) will be requested from the short-listed candidates to be submitted within their technical offer.

Previous experience which caused breach of contract and termination by a Contracting Authority shall not be used as reference.

An economic operator may, where appropriate and for a particular contract, rely on the capacities of other entities, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them. Some examples of when it may not be considered appropriate by the Contracting Authority are when the tender rely in majority on the capacities of other entities or when they rely on key criteria. If the tenderer relies on other entities it must prove to the Contracting Authority that it will have at its disposal the resources necessary for performance of the contract, for example by producing a commitment on the part of those entities to place those resources at its disposal. Such entities, for instance the parent company of the economic operator, must respect the same rules of eligibility — notably that of nationality – and must comply with the selection criteria for which the economic operator relies on them. Furthermore, the data for this third entity for the relevant selection criterion should be included in the tender in a separate document. Proof of the capacity will also have to be furnished when requested by the Contracting Authority.

With regard to technical and professional criteria, an economic operator may only rely on the capacities of other entities where the latter will perform the works or services for which these capacities are required.

With regard to economic and financial criteria, the entities upon whose capacity the tenderer relies, become jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contract.

If more than 8 eligible candidates meet the above selection criteria, the relative strengths and weaknesses of the applications of these candidates must be reexamined to identify the 8 best candidates. The only additional comparative criteria that will be taken into consideration during this re-examination, in the order that they appear below, are:

1) The highest number of the references fulfilling the technical capacity criterion 21.3.2; and

2) For the cases of equality in line with the first re-examination criterion, the second re-examination criterion will be the cumulative value of the references (proportion carried out by the candidate) fulfilling the criterion 21.3.2.

22.Award criteria

Best price-quality ratio.

Application23.Deadline for receipt of applications

The candidate attention is drawn to the fact that there are 2 different systems for sending applications: one is by post or private mail service, the other is by hand delivery.

In the first case, the application must be sent before the date and time limit for submission, as evidenced by the postmark or deposit slip(1), but in the second case it is the acknowledgment of receipt given at the time of the delivery of the application that will serve as proof.

The deadline for submission of tenders is 4:00 p.m. (local time) on 12.7.2019.

Any application sent to the Contracting Authority after this deadline will not be considered.

The Contracting Authority may, for reasons of administrative efficiency, reject any application submitted on time to the postal service but received, for any reason beyond the Contracting Authority's control, after the effective date of approval of the short-list report, if accepting applications that were submitted on time but arrived late would considerably delay the evaluation procedure or jeopardise decisions already taken and notified.

(1) It is recommended to use registered mail in case the postmark would not be readable.

24.Application format and details to be provided

Applications must be submitted using the standard application form, the format and instructions of which must be strictly observed. The application form is available from the following Internet address:

The application must be accompanied by a declaration of honour on exclusion and selection criteria using the template available from the following Internet address:

Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc.) sent with an application will not be taken into consideration.

25.How applications may be submitted

Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the Contracting Authority in a sealed envelope:

— either by post or by courier service, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by the postmark or the date of the deposit slip, to:

Att: Mr. Mustafa Erdoğan, head of operating structure.

Ministry of Industry and Technology, DG for EU and Foreign Affairs, Directorate of EU Financial Programmes (MoIT/DoEUFP)

Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi, Dumlupınar Bulvarı (Eskişehir Yolu 7 Km), 2151.Cadde, No 154/A, Kat:7, Oda No 714-A, 06530 Çankaya/Ankara, TURKEY

Working hours of the Contracting Authority: 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. (Local Time).

— or hand delivered by the candidate in person or by an agent directly to the premises of the Contracting Authority in return for a signed and dated receipt, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by this acknowledgement of receipt, to:

Att: Mr. Mustafa Erdoğan, head of operating structure

Ministry of Industry and Technology, DG for EU and Foreign Affairs, Directorate of EU Financial Programmes (MoIT/DoEUFP)

Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi, Dumlupınar Bulvarı, (Eskişehir Yolu 7.Km), 2151.Cadde, No 154/A, Kat:7, Oda No 714-A 06530 Çankaya/Ankara, TURKEY

Working hours of the Contracting Authority: 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. (Local Time).

The contract title and the Publication reference (see item 1 above) must be clearly marked on the envelope containing the application and must always be mentioned in all subsequent correspondence with the Contracting Authority.

Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.

By submitting an application candidates accept to receive notification of the outcome of the procedure by electronic means. Such notification shall be deemed to have been received on the date upon which the Contracting Authority sends it to the electronic address referred to in the application.

26.Alteration or withdrawal of applications

Candidates may alter or withdraw their applications by written notification prior to the deadline for submission of applications. No application may be altered after this deadline.

Any such notification of alteration or withdrawal shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Item 25. The outer envelope (and the relevant inner envelope if used) must be marked ‘Alteration’ or ‘Withdrawal’ as appropriate.

27.Operational language

All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.

28.Date of publication of prior information notice


29.Legal basis(2)

Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action and Regulation (EU) No 231/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 establishing an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II).

(2) Please state any specificity that might have an impact on rules on participation (such as geographic or thematic or long/short term).

30.Additional information

In the premises where MoIT/DoEUFP is located, there is one security point to pass through, and only 3 elevators operating to reach 7th floor. Please consider these physical conditions not to miss the deadline for receipt of applications.

Deadline Date2019-07-12
Publication Date2019-06-12
Procurement StatusActive
TypeRestricted procedure
Contract TypeServices
Award CriteriaThe most economic tender
OrganisationMinistry of Industry and Technology - DG for EU and Foreign Affairs - Directorate of EU Financial Programmes (MoIT/ DoEUFP)
Class Code79400000
Class DescriptionBusiness and management consultancy and related services
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)