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Selection of Consultants to Conduct Operational Assessments and Take Part in PEFA Studies


Brussels, Belgium, 23 July 2019

Background and objectives

The European Commission (Commission) has a range of economic cooperation policies under which it grants macroeconomic aid to several countries with a view to promoting their development, enabling them to restore their financial and economic equilibrium or indeed help them to make the transition to a market economy.

Macroeconomic aid is granted either as budgetary support or macro-financial assistance. In the case of budgetary support, payments are made in the form of grants and used exclusively for financing expenditure specified in the budgets of the beneficiary States. Macro financial assistance, on the other hand, is paid in the form of grants and/or loans directly to the central banks of the beneficiary countries to support their balances of payments and/or their budgetary needs. In both cases, use of the funds must ensure that specific objectives, which are agreed between the Commission and the representatives of these countries in advance, are fulfilled.

The Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) manages the macro-financial assistance; it has therefore developed a broad expertise in the field of monitoring public finances which means it can provide advice to governments of States which are keen to improve the functioning of their financial circuits and corresponding administrative services.

The Commission wants to sign a framework contract in cascade with two specialised consultancy companies with the necessary expertise and proven experience to conduct operational assessment missions or specific analyses relating to the organisation of public finances in the countries in question. See also point 1.6 for the use of a framework contract in cascade.

The framework contract will be for conducting operational assessments in order to analyse the legislative framework, the administrative procedures and the financial circuits of the administrative bodies that manage EU funds in the countries that receive macroeconomic aid. These assessments will also relate to reforms implemented, especially in the area of Public Finance Management, particularly with regard to undertakings made in Agreements under the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) (http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/index_en.htm).

The framework contract will also be for taking part, on an ad hoc basis, in 'Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability' (PEFA) studies, mainly in neighbouring countries, in cooperation with the World Bank and possibly other financial institutions.

Deliverables with regard to an Operational Assessment:

  • A work plan (time-planning of the mission programme) must be submitted within one week from the start date of the contract.

  • A mission report (in the form of an ‘Aide de mémoire’) must be submitted within one week of the end of the Operational Assessment mission. A consultation meeting aimed at clarifying any outstanding issues may be organised, if required, by the Commission within a maximum of 30 calendar days of having received this report.

  • The final report must be submitted within six weeks from the completion of the mission. It will set out in detail the work carried out in the country in question as well as conclusions and recommendations; it will be considered a professional opinion, drawn up by an external consultant, on the administrative system of the country analysed.

  • The various reports must be drafted in English and sent in electronic form. In addition, the contractor will provide five hard copies of the final version of the report.

Deliverables with regard to a PEFA study:

  • A final report, drawn up in close co-operation with the involved representatives of the various participating administrations, must be submitted upon completion of the mission or a date defined in the specific contract.

  • Depending on the needs, additional deliverables (such as work plan, interim report, draft final report etc.) could be defined in the request for services for a specific contract.

  • The various reports must be drafted in English and sent in electronic form. In addition, the contractor will provide five hard copies of the final version of the report.

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