The Commission intends to outsource the organisation of the 15th, 16th and of the 17th Seminars for national judges, which are expected to take place in December 2021, 2022 and 2023 (the dates being indicative and subject to change depending on external circumstances, such as the COVID-19 epidemic). The one day and a half seminars are addressed to national judges, specialised in Electronic Communications Law, 2 per EU Member State. The seminars should also be attended by representatives of the National Regulatory Authorities of the EU Member States.

This publication is made pursuant to Point 3.1 of Annex 1 to Financial Regulation 2018 that provides for an ex-ante publication on the Institutions' websites of contracts with a value up to 138.999,99 EUR.

Purpose of this call for tenders

The European Commission will launch soon a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 75 000. The purpose of this call for tenders is the organisation of the 15th, 16th and of the 17th Seminars for national judges, which will take place indicatively in December 2021, 2022 and 2023, all hosted in Commission premises (Note: The dates being indicative and subject to change depending on the external circumstances).

The one-day and a half Seminars are intended to provide a forum for judges specialised and hearing cases in electronic communications law, telecom regulators, the Commission, the European Court of Justice and academics to inform, explain, and exchange views and practices, views and visions as regards the application and enforcement of the EU electronic communications laws. The contractor should propose themes to be addressed in the seminars.

With a view to broadening the scope of discussions, the Seminars should also seek to include other Digital Single Market-related themes, such as ePrivacy, cybersecurity, e-commerce, audiovisual media and copyright. The contractor should propose one or several themes to be addressed in half-day sessions. The proposed theme should have relevance to the EU Electronic Communications law and policies, which should remain the focal point of discussions. Ideally, in order to ensure that the main audience of the Seminars (the national judges) benefit the most from the discussions, the proposed themes should fall under the competence of the same jurisdictions.

The seminars should gather external speakers from various horizons: national judges from the jurisdictions that are competent to rule on appeal against decisions of the National Regulatory Authorities, judges from the European Court of Justice and/or Court of First Instance, representatives from the academic world, representatives from the national regulatory authorities, etc. A total number of about 120 persons is expected for each of the Seminars. The Seminars will also feature high-level speakers from the European Commission.

In between the three seminars, the contractor should build and maintain contacts, exchanges and dialogue between the participants in the Seminars through interactive tools, such as mailing lists, newsletters, or on-line platforms, allowing the participants to exchange views, ideas and questions about the issues they are confronted to in their daily work.

Interest to participate in the call for tender may be expressed until 09 October 2020 in writing to

No evaluation is performed at this stage. All the economic operators who have expressed their interest to participate in this procurement procedure within the above-mentioned deadline will be subsequently invited to submit a tender. The contracting authority reserves the right to also invite economic operators not included in the list of interested economic operators who responded to this ex-ante advertisement.

An economic operator may consider submitting a tender as a single entity or in collaboration with other service providers: either by submitting a joint tender with (a) partner(s) (assuming joint and several liability towards the contracting authority for the performance of the contract) and/or through subcontracting. In case of a joint tender with (a) partner(s), all partners must be identified in the expression of interest and cannot be modified at a further stage of the procurement procedure.

Only the candidates invited by the contracting authority to participate in this procurement procedure will be admissible.

Processing your reply to the ex-ante advertisement will involve the recording and processing of personal data (such as your name and address). Such data will be processed pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. Unless indicated otherwise, any personal data requested are required to register your interest to participate in the call for tender and will be processed solely for that purpose by the Data Controller. You are entitled to obtain access to your personal data on request and to rectify any such data that is inaccurate or incomplete. If you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, you may address them to the Data Controller.

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You have the right of recourse at any time to the European Data Protection Supervisor for matters relating to the processing of your personal data.

For the purpose of this ex-ante advertisement, the Data Controller shall be the Head of the Unit "Administration and Finance", Directorate "Resources and Support", Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Any queries concerning the processing of personal data of the Candidate can be addressed to the data controller by using the e-mail address mentioned under Point "Purpose of this call for tenders" of the present ex-ante advertisement and by indicating the reference of the ex-ante advertisement.


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