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Development of a Legal and Regulatory Framework for Covered Bonds in Croatia - Local Legal Consultant

 | Published April 27, 2015  -  Deadline May 8, 2015
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Assignment Description: The covered bond is at the heart of the financial tradition of Continental Europe, playing a central role in funding strategies for the last two centuries. However, following the 2008 financial crisis and the discredit such crisis shed over mortgage/asset backed securities, the strategic importance of covered bonds as a long-term funding tool has been recognised at the global level. Covered bonds are playing an important role in the capital markets, contributing to the efficient allocation of capital and, ultimately, economic development and recovery. As a consequence, many European countries have introduced new covered bond legislation or have updated or are in the process of updating the existing rules. Croatian regulators, namely the Ministry of Finance, Croatian National Bank and the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency are eager to work on the diversification of access to finance of the local banking institutions and revival of the local capital markets and on these lines will undertake a legal reform project aimed at introducing covered bonds legislation in Croatia. The purpose of introducing the new law is to encourage the diversification of funding of local banks and to support further development of capital markets by enabling issuance of covered bonds through creating a stable, certain and predictable specific legal framework. The Bank now intends to engage the services of a Croatian law firm (the "Local Legal Consultant" or "Consultant") to work in conjunction with an international covered bonds expert (the "International Consultant") to support the work of the MoF in developing a covered bonds legal and regulatory framework (the "Assignment"). The main objective of the Assignment is to reform the covered bond sector policy in Croatia by introducing a law which will allow issuing covered bonds in accordance with the best international practices. The selected Local Legal Consultant is expected to provide the following services: - Prepare, draft, revise and present together with the International Consultant a legal concept paper containing proposed solutions, underlying reasons and examples that will serve as the basis for the development of the Croatian covered bond legal and regulatory framework (the Concept Paper). - Contribute to the Ministry of Finance’s work by presenting the Concept Paper, discussing solutions, answering all questions that may be raised and providing additional comparative information which may be required; - Make himself/herself available for meetings in Zagreb or in the region when requested and actively participate and propose improvements / modifications of the draft legal texts necessary to accomplish desirable effects as proposed in the Concept Paper; - Draft the Covered Bond Law in accordance with the ideas developed in the Concept Paper and the potential instructions / suggestions of the Ministry of Finance, Croatian National Bank and the working group; - Draft in co-operation with the proposed regulatory body the relevant secondary legislation / regulation to implement and complement the new legal provisions; - Participate in capacity building and training events that might be organised in Croatia. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in the beginning of May 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 153,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope. The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: The assignment will be funded through the EBRD's Shareholder Special Fund. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions, however, the nature of the assignment requires a Croatian law firm. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Local Legal Consultant will be a Croatian law firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to: 1. Advising on Croatian banking and financial regulation; 2. Policy dialogue (legislative) work with Croatian authorities (drafting and/or advising on laws and regulations in financial law sector); 3. Advising on Croatian capital markets (public offerings and private placements of various types of securities); The Local Legal Consultant's expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: a. Local Consultant – Partner (to act as Team Leader), Croatian lawyer with extensive professional experience (preferably 20 years) in financial law matters and policy. Experience in public administration is an advantage. b. Local Consultant – Senior Associate, Croatian lawyer with preferably 10 years' experience in financial law matters. c. Local Consultant – Junior Associate with relevant experience in financial law matters. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages). 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives. 3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. 4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The above information should not exceed 10 pages excluding CVs and completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. EBRD Contact Person: Viv Headlam Technical Co-operation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6885 e-mail: lewishev@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address) Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. The evaluation criteria are as follows: (a) Advising on Croatian banking and financial regulation (25%); (b) Policy dialogue (legislative) work with Croatian authorities (drafting and/or advising on laws and regulations in financial law sector) (25%); (c) Advising on Croatian capital markets (public offerings and private placements of various types of securities) (25%); (d) CV of key experts (25%)

Croatia Railway - P147499

 | Published May 19, 2016
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Audit Of The Project Sustainable Croatian Railways In Europe Project; Loan No. 8502-hr QCBS, QBS, FBS, and LCSContract Award Notice Scope of Contract: Audit of the Project Sustainable CroatianRailways in Europe Project; Loan No. 8502-HR Minimum Qualifying Technical Score: 80 Consultants' names BDO Croatia d.o.o. Deloitte d.o.o. Ernst & Young d.o.o - - City/Country Zagreb, Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Zagreb, Croatia - - Status: Awarded Consultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm RejectedConsultant/Firm NotEvaluated Reason TechnicalScore 90.1 93.6 84.3 FinancialScore - - - CombinedScore 90.1 93.6 84.3 Criteria SpecificExperience 8,0 8,3 5,0 Work Plan &Methodology 24,5 29,3 27,3 Key Experts 57,6 56,0 52,0 Training - - - Local input - - - Price as read out 540.000,00 HRK 570.000,00 HRK 674.000,00 HRK Final Evaluation Price 540.000,00 HRK 570.000,00 HRK 674.000,00 HRK Final Negotiated Price 540.000,00 HRK 570.000,00 HRK 674.000,00 HRK Rank 1 2 3 Other Shortlisted Consultant(s)/Firm(s) (these will be all that "Proposal submitted=no") Consultants' names Audit d.o.o. PricewaterhouseCoopers City/Country Zagreb, Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Proposal Submitted: No No

EU NATURA 2000 - P111205

 | Published May 28, 2015
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Consulting Services For Communication Services For Positive Effects Of Natura 2000 In Croatia Contract Award Country:Republic of Croatia Ministry ofEnvironmental and Nature Protection Project Name: EUNatura 2000 Integration Project, Project Number: IBRD Loan No. 8021-HR Scope of Contract: Consulting Services for Communication Services for Positive Effects of Natura 2000 inCroatia Minimum Qualifying Technical Score: 75Points Method of Selection: Quality-Cost-Based Selection(QCBS) Duration of Contract: 12months Consultants' names Joint Venture consisting of Agriconsulting SpA from Italy,Parabureau d.o.o. from Croatia, Designsystemd.o.o. from Croatia and T.F. marketing d.o.o. from Croatia Joint Venture consisting of HAUSKA and PARTNER d.o.o. fromCroatia, Real grupa d.o.o. from Croatia andPROJEKT JEDNAKO RAZVOJ d.o.o. from Croatia City/Country (in case of Joint VentureCity /Country of the Joint Venture Leader) Rome, Italy Zagreb, Croatia Status: Evaluated Consultant Evaluated Consultant Technical Score 81.10(64.88)* 83.55(66.84)* Criteria Adequacy of the proposed methodology andwork plan in responding to the Terms of Reference 37.40 36.60 Key professional staff qualifications andcompetence for the assignment 38.70 41.95 Participation by nationals among proposedkey professional staff 5.00 5.00 Financial Score 78.64(15.73)* 81.68(16.34)* Evaluated Prices EUR 385,300.00 exclusive of local taxes (HRK 2,969,725.57) EUR 370,979.91 exclusive of local taxes (HRK 2,859,352.51) Combined Score 80.61 83.18 Final Negotiated Price - - Rank 4th 3rd * The scores in brackets are the weightedscores. Consultants' names Joint Venture consisting of Lattanzio e Associati SpA fromItaly, Briefing komunikacije d.o.o. from Croatia,Advans d.o.o. from Croatia and Nukleus kreativna agencija d.o.o. from Croatia Joint Venture consisting of Media Val d.o.o. from Croatia,UNEX GROUP d.o.o. from Croatia and Razbor d.o.o.from Croatia City/Country (in case of Joint VentureCity /Country of the Joint Venture Leader) Rome, Italy Zagreb, Croatia Status: Evaluated Consultant Awarded Consultant Technical Score 86.65(69.32)* 94.25(75.40)* Criteria Adequacy of the proposed methodology andwork plan in responding to the Terms of Reference 39.40 48.40 Key professional staff qualifications andcompetence for the assignment 42.25 40.85 Participation by nationals among proposedkey professional staff 5.00 5.00 Financial Score 100.00(20.00)* 77.59(15.52)* Evaluated Prices EUR 303,000.00 exclusive of local taxes (HRK 2,335,392.80) HRK 3,010,000.00 exclusive of local taxes Combined Score 89.32 90.92 Final Negotiated Price - HRK 3,762,500.00 inclusive of local taxes Rank 2nd 1st * The scores in brackets are the weightedscores. Consultants' names Pristop d.o.o. from Slovenia Joint Venture consisting of Suske consulting from Austria,ecosystems LTD from Belgium, die werbetrommel fromAustria, Dolf Weverink Copy & Consult from the Netherlands and Radio Osttirol GmbH from Austria City/Country (in case of Joint VentureCity /Country of the Joint Venture Leader) Ljubljana, Slovenia Vienna, Austria Status: Evaluated Consultant Evaluated Consultant Technical Score 75.05(60.04)* 76.03(60.82)* Criteria Adequacy of the proposed methodology andwork plan in responding to the Terms of Reference 35.80 38.20 Key professional staff qualifications andcompetence for the assignment 37.25 35.83 Participation by nationals among proposedkey professional staff 2.00 2.00 Financial Score 75.02(15.00)* 75.50(15.10)* Evaluated Prices EUR 403,916.00 exclusive of local taxes (HRK 3,113,209.63) 401,300.00 exclusive of local taxes (HRK 3,093,046.64) Combined Score 75.04 75.92 Final Negotiated Price - - Rank 6th 5th * The scores in brackets are the weightedscores. Other Shortlisted Consultant(s)/Firm(s) Consultants' names Joint Venture consisting of BBDO Zagreb d.o.o. from Croatia, Dialog komunikacije d.o.o. from Croatia, PHDMedia d.o.o. and APO d.o.o. from Croatia City/Country (in case of Joint VentureCity /Country of the Joint Venture Leader) Zagreb, Croatia Proposal Submitted: No In accordance with paragraph 2.29 of theGuidelines for Selection and Employmentof Consultants by World Bank Borrowers ((May 2004, revised October 2006 and May 2010) anyconsultant who wishes to ascertain the grounds onwhich its proposal was not selected, should request an explanation from theMinistry of Environmental and Nature Protection, EU Natura 2000Integration Project, Project Implementation Unit, Radni?ka cesta 80,10 000 Zagreb, Croatia (fax number: +385 1 4866 180, email: nino.gunjaca@mzoip.hr).

Concept Study: Establishment of a SME Growth Market in Croatia and Slovenia

 | Published June 29, 2016  -  Deadline July 22, 2016
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Executing Agency (Client):
Zagrebacka burza d.d. – Zagreb Stock Exchange

The Client Contact Person:
Ms Ivana Gazic, President of the Management Board
Ivana Lucica 2a
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Email: ivana.gazic@zse.hr
Phone: +385 1 4686 800
Fax: +385 1 4677 680

The EBRD Contact Person:
Ms Paula Alegria
Principal, Deputy Head TC Operations, Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7589
E-mail:alegriap@ebrd.com

Project Description:
The Zagreb Stock Exchange (the 'Client') has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance   to assess the feasibility of establishing an exchange-operated regional SME growth market in Croatia and, following the recent acquisition of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LJSE) by the ZSE, in Slovenia (the Project).

Assignment Description:
The Client now intends to retain a consulting company (the Consultant) to (i) assess the feasibility of a SME Growth Market in a local and regional context, (ii) define the optimal set-up of a local/regional SME financing platform and (iii) prepare a detailed business and implementation plan (the Assignment).

The expected outcome of the Assignment is for the Client to have sufficient information to decide on the potential SME financing platform for Croatia and Slovenia.
 
The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

1. Assess the feasibility of a SME Growth Market in a local and regional context. The aim of this activity is to assess the feasibility of establishing a SME growth market in Croatia and Slovenia either as a local stand-alone solution or preferably as an extended regional offering. A SME growth market is defined here as a SME specialised financing platform/market segment owned and operated by an exchange. The proposed SME Growth Market may have a tiered structure offering various forms of access to capital market financing.
2. Define the optimal set-up of a local/regional SME financing platform. Based on the assessment conducted in activity 1, the Consultant will design the recommended local/regional SME financing platform and define how the Client can become a company financing hub serving companies at various stages of their financing cycle (i.e. multi-tier structure).
3. Prepare a detailed business and implementation plan. In collaboration with the Client the Consultant will prepare a business and implementation plan for presentation to the Client's Management Board and Supervisory Board. Under this activity the Consultant will organise a stakeholder workshop for key capital market participants presenting the proposed SME Growth Market concept.
Additional information on the scope of services required is available from the attached Terms of Reference ('ToR'): http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/65364-tor.pdf.

Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in end of August/beginning of September 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of six months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 170,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source:
It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by TaiwanBusiness-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund (TWTC) including a contribution from the Client. Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility:
There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably previous project experience related to:

1. Capital markets development;
2. Design and set-up of exchanges and/or trading platforms for financial instruments, especially for SMEs;
3. Regulatory reforms and technological developments; and
4. Innovative Financial Technology.

The Consultant's expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:

(a) Key Expert 1: Team Leader / Capital Markets Expert with
• Preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience in capital markets development;
• Preferably 5 years or more of previous professional experience of project management including acting as Team Leader on comparable assignments;
• Excellent knowledge of international standards and relevant EU Directives (especially MiFID2/MiFIR);
• Previous professional experience in the design, management and/or implementation of SME Growth Markets/Financing Platforms/MTFs;
• Previous experience on exchange level would be considered an advantage;
• Excellent communication, analytical, report writing and presentation skills; and
• Proficiency in written and spoken English language.

 (b)  Key Expert 2: Securities Market Expert(s) with
• Preferably 5 years or more of previous professional experience in market development and the design/management of new market segments preferably for SMEs;
• Preferably 3 years or more of previous professional experience in trading, clearing and settlement;
• In-depth understanding of current trends and developments in increasing SMEs access to capital market financing;
• Good knowledge about trading platforms and newest developments (e.g. SME platforms, crowdfunding, and private company markets);
• Professional experience in preferably 2 or more comparable projects; and
• Proficiency in written and spoken English language.

(a) Key Expert 3: Business Planning Expert with
• Chartered accountant with preferably 5 years or more of previous professional experience in business planning and modelling;
• In depth knowledge and understanding of the business model of Exchanges, MTFs and/or financing platforms;
• Professional experience in preferably 2 or more comparable projects; and
• Proficiency in written and spoken English language.

(b) Key Expert 4: Legal and Regulatory Expert with
• Preferably 5 years or more of previous professional experience as a legal and regulatory expert with focus on capital markets development;
• Master degree or equivalent in legal studies;
• Previous professional experience as a legal/regulatory expert in preferably one or more capital market development projects;
• Excellent knowledge of international standards and EU Directives related to/impacting the implementation of SME financing platforms/SME growth Markets/MTFs;
• In-depth knowledge of the Croatian/Slovenian/Western Balkans’ legal and regulatory environment;
• Proficiency in written and spoken English language.

If one expert can cover various expert roles this has to be clearly stated in the Expression of Interest and reflected in the CV(s) and the proposed work plan accordingly. It is important that at least one expert has in-depth knowledge of the Croatian and regional company landscape and relevant contacts to market players especially institutional investors.

Submission Requirements:
In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Brief technical proposal for assignment implementation, including the consultant’s understanding of the objectives, the proposed approach and methodology to a successful delivery of the Assignment, a work plan with milestones, and a Team Input summary indicating the number of working days allocated to the Assignment by each Key Expert.

5. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 30 pages (excluding CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client's contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank's contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Important Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a financial proposal as part of the expression of interest. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows:

(a) Firm's previous project experience in capital markets development; Design and set-up of exchanges and/or trading platforms for financial instruments, especially for SMEs; Regulatory reforms and technological developments; and Innovative Financial Technology (20%);
(b) CVs of Key Experts proposed (50%); and
(c) Quality of the Consultant's technical proposal for assignment implementation in accordance with the ToR (30%).

ViO Zagreb – Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme

 | Published March 14, 2016  -  Deadline April 4, 2016
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Clarification issued on 21/03/2016: Expressions of interest should be submitted in the English and Croatian languages, not exceeding 20 pages each version (excluding CVs, Consultant declaration and contact sheet).  In case of discrepancies the English version will prevail.

Executing Agency (Client):
Vodoopskrba i odvodnja d.o.o. Zagreb

Project Description:

Vodoopskrba i odvodnja d.o.o., Zagreb (“ViO” or the “Company”) is a water supply and wastewater service company, 100 per cent owned by Zagreb Holding. ViO is the largest water and waste water operator in Croatia which services up to 850,000 inhabitants of Zagreb and several surrounding cities and municipalities. The Company currently provides water supply services using 3,000 km long supply network with the annual water supply of 57.5 million m3, whereby wastewater collection services are provided through 2,000 km of public sewage network and 52,000 drain canals and with annual quantity of wastewater collected of 54.04 million m3. The Company employs more than 1,100 people.

Zagreb Holding (“Zagreb Holding” or “ZGH”) is a holding company fully owned by the City, which through a network of 16 subsidiaries, 7 companies and one institution provides the citizens with the following services (i) water-supply and wastewater collection, (ii) public transport, (iii) parking services, (iv) waste collection, (v) pharmacy chain management, and (vi) management of public sport facilities. Zagreb Holding currently employs around 11,000 workers and is the largest municipal holding in Croatia.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has recently re-financed its existing loan from Zagreb Holding to the Company such that they can be utilized for capital expenditures into construction and upgrade of the waste-water network in the City.

In order to assist the Company in the re-organization of their financial and operational activities, the Company is seeking the support of a consultant (the “Consultant”) to ensure they are more efficient in areas including business planning, advice on tariff reform and collection improvements. The Consultant will also support the preparation of a Public Service Agreement (“PSA”) between the Company, Zagreb Holding and the City.

Assignment Description:

The overall objective of the assignment is to improve the Company’s operational efficiency and financial and operational management in order to strengthen its capacity to service debt while providing high quality water and sewerage services.

More specifically, the assignment will aim at:

  1. establishing indicators for measurable improvements (within a clearly defined timetable) to improve operational efficiency and levels of service (e.g. reducing unaccounted for water and sewage leakages);
  2. developing and implementing a financial and operational performance improvement programme (“FOPIP”) with the special focus on:
  • increasing the revenue collection rates and reducing accounts receivable;
  • developing a tariff formula and tariff policies which will over time eliminate the cross-subsidy between consumer groups;
  • developing the ability within the Company to make ongoing long-term (5-year) corporate development programmes, including capital budgets and tariff projections;
  1. using the above mentioned indicators together with the FOPIP findings and incorporating them into a PSA between the Company, Zagreb Holding and the City;
  2. reviewing the potential for private sector participation in the Company’s operations.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in late April 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 279,400 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (“SSF”).

Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably previous project experience related to international water and wastewater sector projects, development and implementation of a FOPIP in public sector utilities and in the legal framework necessary for drafting and implementing a Public Service Agreement in Croatia.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:

a. Key Expert No 1 (Project Manager with wastewater utility expertise) with preferably 10 years of previous professional international experience in water and wastewater sector projects procured under financing arrangements with government agencies or international financial institutions.

b. Key Expert No 2 (Local Team Leader ) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in water and waste water sector projects procured under financing arrangements with government agencies or international financial institutions and well acquainted with Croatian laws and regulations.

c. Key Expert No 3 (Financial Expert) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in financial management of public utilities

d.Key Experts No 4 (Pool of Additional Experts) consisting of Legal expert; Training/Corporate Development experts; Environmental and Social expert.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English and Croatian via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

The Client Contact Person:
Vesna Arar Maričić, Assistant manager
Vodoopskrba i odvodnja d.o.o., Zagreb
Full Address Folnegoviceva 1, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
E-mail: Vesna.arar.maricic@zgh.hr
Tel: +385 1 616 31 41
Fax + 385 1 616 31 00

The EBRD Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
E-mail: goslingl@ebrd.com
Tel: + 44 20 7338.6338
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451

Important Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

(a) Firm’s previous international experience in water and wastewater sector projects (15%);
(b) Firm’s previous experience in development and implementation of a FOPIP in organizations comparable to the Client (30%);
(c) Firm’s previous experience in drafting and implementing Public Service Agreement in countries with comparable conditions to Croatia (15%);
(d) CV of Key expert No 1 (20%);
(e) CVs of Key experts No 2, No 3 and No 4 (20%).

Science and Technology II - P127308

 | Published December 18, 2015
Winner
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Croatia Project: P127308 - Second Science & TechnologyProject Report Period: 01-Oct-2015 - 18-Dec-2015 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Address:Bâtiment CE 3316, Station 1 Contract Signature Date: 16-Nov-2015 Method of Procurement: SSS- Single Source Selection Price: EUR 3,125.00 Duration: 6 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: ESF Grant Scheme Consultant for Croatian Science Foundation(STPII-CS-22)

C2CF EU Cohesion Funds Water Co-Financing Framework: Support in the Regionalisation Process and Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme

 | Published February 16, 2016  -  Deadline March 8, 2016
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Project Description:

The Government of Croatia has developed a policy based on regionalisation as the primary means to achieve compliance with EU water and wastewater directives. Through regionalisation, the Government plans to improve the quality and efficiency of its water and wastewater infrastructure and services in order to fulfill the country’s environmental targets, reaching out to areas outside major cities. Through the creation of larger regional operators, Croatia plans to ensure the long term sustainability of these investments and create a greater EU grant absorption capacity.

Currently there are approximately 125 local water companies in Croatia. It is envisaged that through the regionalisation programme, undertaken during the next 2-3 years, approximately 20-25 Regional Operating Companies (“ROCs”) will be formed through the consolidation of smaller operators into larger ROCs. Typically the regionalisation will occur along county lines and will be lead by the largest water operator (the “Lead Company”) in the region, which will then absorb the smaller companies into its operations.

The current assignment is designed to build on previous EBRD work in the water sector in Croatia (. The focus of the assignment is to assess the potential of regional consolidation in the water supply/wastewater services sector through the preparation of a feasibility study for specific regionalisation programmes where the Bank is co-financing, together with EU funds, the priority water and waste water infrastructure upgrade. In particular, the assignment will include concrete merger plans, covering all legal, financial and operational aspects.

The assignment will at first focus on two regionalisation programmes with different beneficiaries. It is envisaged that following the preparation and implementation of the initial programmes, the assignment may be extended if and when additional programmes are identified and agreed with the Croatian National Authorities.

The risks are high as many of the smaller water operators are currently not managed on a commercial basis and are loss making operations. They are characterised by high levels of non revenue water due to leakages in the network, weak collection systems and insufficient maintenance. If the regionalisation is to work, it is essential that these smaller operations be effectively integrated into the ROCs with their service levels raised.

As a result, EBRD proposes to assist simultaneously two Lead Companies of the future ROCswith the support towards the re-organisation of their financial and operational activities through a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) to ensure they are more efficient. The FOPIP will in particular include business planning, Public service Contract (“PSC”) preparation, advisory on tariff reforms and collection.

The overall objective of this assignment is to (i) evaluate the feasibility of and define concrete implementation models for the regional consolidation of water and wastewater companies in Croatia and (ii) assist the Companies in their transition through performance support to ensure the highest level of operating efficiency.

It is envisaged that the selected consultant (the “Consultant”) will work on two different regionalisation programmes. These programmes will be assigned to the Consultant at the time when the specific sub-projects are signed under the Framework. The Consultant will be assigned and work with the Bank, as well as with its borrowers.

Specific objectives within each of the sub-project assignments aim at:

(a) Specifying the existing business relationship of the assigned Lead Companies with the neighbouring companies in the sector;

(b) Evaluating the current financial and operating performance of the Lead Companies and its neighbouring companies (merger/acquisition targets);

(c) Evaluating the regional consolidation potential and advantages within the water/wastewater services sector and feasibility of the consolidation;

(d) Developing concrete merger/acquisition implementation models of the existing water/wastewater services companies in the County proposing new transparent;

(e) Operational, financial and management capacity building at the proposed ROC level;

(f) Evaluating efficiency improvements, including business planning, investment programming, accounting and cost management, financial long term planning etc.;

(g) Assisting the Lead Companies in the preparation of the Public Service Contract/s within its new regionalised service area; and

(h) Advising on tariff reforms and collection improvements.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in August 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 2 years.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 500,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope, to cover up to ten reorganisation programmes.

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be financed by EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (“SSF”). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with international experience in water and wastewater sector projects procured under financing arrangements with government agencies or international financial institutions, as well as respectable track record in mergers/acquisitions. The Consultant should be well acquainted with Croatian laws and regulations. The consultant should also have experience in drafting and implementing Public Service Contracts in countries with legal framework comparable to Croatia.

The Consultant should form a team that will be able to advise and work with the Bank on up to 2 different regionalisation programmes in parallel.

The Consultant’s expert team should include key experts as follows:

- Project Manager with preferably 15 years of professional experience in the financial and operational requirements of the regionalisation process and/or merger and/or acquisition process.

- Water and Wastewater Operations Expert with preferably 10 years of professional experience in utility operations in the sector.

- Financial Expert( with preferably 10 years of professional experience in financial management of public utilities and project finance

- Legal Expert with preferably 10 years of professional experience in legal frameworks comparable to Croatia

- Merger/Acquisition Expert with preferably 10 years of professional experience in mergers/acquisitions and proposing revised shareholding structures and corporate governance principles.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:

Elena Kolodiy

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6765

e-mail:kolodiyo@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:

1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) Firm’s previous international experience in wastewater sector projects (15%);

(b) Firm’s previous experience and track record in mergers/acquisitions (30%);

(c) Firm’s previous experience in drafting and implementing Public Service Contracts in countries with legal framework comparable to Croatia (15%);

(d) CVs of two Key experts: Project Manager and Water and Wastewater Operations Expert (25%);

(e) CVs of three Key experts: Financial Expert, Legal Expert and Merger/Acquisition Expert (15%).

Sisak Water II - Project Preparation, Design, Procurement Support and Contract Supervision

 | Published November 17, 2015  -  Deadline December 8, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client):  Sisacki vodovod d.o.o.

The Client Contact Person:
Mr Predrag Ladjevic
Head of Technical Department
Sisacki vodovod d.o.o.
Obala Ruđera Boškovića
10, 44 000 Sisak, Croatia
Email: ladjevic.predrag@sisackivodovod.hr
Phone: +385 44 526 166
Fax: +385 44 526 166

EBRD Contact Person:
James Yoo
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 6369
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: YooJ@ebrd.com


Project Description:
The City of Sisak is the economic and political centre of the Sisak – Moslavina county in continental Croatia, with a population of around 47,000 people. It is located 60 kilometres south east from the country’s capital Zagreb. Sisacki vodovod (“SV”, or the “Company”) is a limited liability company, providing water supply and wastewater collection and treatment services to the inhabitants of the City of Sisak and neighbouring municipalities of Martinska Ves, Sunja and Lekenik. The City of Sisak owns 96.57 per cent of the Company, with Municipality of Martinska Ves owning 2.05 per cent, Municipality of Lekenik owning 0.90 per cent and Municipality of Sunja owning 0.48 per cent. During 2014 the Company generated EUR 4.2 million of revenues and EUR 0.2 million of EBITDA.

The Company provides annually 2.7 million m3 of water to households and industrial consumers and collects 1.7 million m3 of wastewater in the current sewage network. Approximately 10,600 households (or 57.7 per cent of the total) are currently connected to the wastewater collection network. The total water supply network length amounts to 486 kilometres, while the wastewater collection network is approximately 160 kilometres long. The Company has 113 employees.

At the moment the Company is implementing a substantial investment programme which includes the extension of the wastewater collection network, and the construction of the wastewater treatment plant. Roughly 50 per cent of the mentioned project is already implemented and is co-financed by EU IPA grant and existing EBRD loan, whose repayment is partially co-financed by the Croatian Water Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture.

As part of the restructuring of the existing financing provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”), the Company approached the Bank with a request to provide an additional EUR 2 million loan, which will be utilised for the financing of priority investments in the upgrade of the existing water supply network, through the replacement of pipes in some areas which are in excess of 60 years old (the “Project”). The Project is expected to significantly reduce non-revenue water (currently amounting to almost 50%), resulting in a positive impact on the Company’s operating performance.

Assignment Description:
While the Company has an established Project Implementation Unit (the “PIU”) which is responsible for the  preparation and implementation of the Project related activities, due to the magnitude and complexity of the investment programme, the Company intends to engage a specialized Project implementation consultant (the “Consultant”) to support the PIU in the preparation, design, procurement and management of the implementation of the investment programme and related activities throughout the duration of the Project (the “Assignment”). The activities and performance of the Consultant will be coordinated, supervised and monitored by the PIU.

The overall objective of this Assignment is to assist the PIU to implement the Project on schedule and within budget. The Assignment will include the following tasks:

  1. Review of the existing data and preparation of the concept, engineering and detailed design (for conventional civil works contracts) as well as technical specifications for the Project;
  2. Preparation of tender documentation and implementation of the contracts procurement as per appropriate FIDIC Contract Conditions, EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules (the “PP&R”) and EBRD 2008 Environmental and Social Policy and Performance Requirements;
  3. Supervision of the selected contractor to carry out the rehabilitation of the water supply network in an effective and timely manner in accordance with the Design and Build Contract;
  4. Providing timely recommendations and reporting to the Company on the contract administration process; and
  5. Assist the Company to provide the EBRD data, advice and information in relation to the contract administration and supervision for the Project.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in February 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 250,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: The contract will be financed through the EBRD-ICEX Technical Cooperation Fund (Spain).

Eligibility: The consultancy firms must be registered in Spain. The experts must be of Spanish nationality. However, up to a maximum of 30% of the total funds may be used to finance Croatian experts or firms registered in Croatia.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience preferably related to project management, procurement support, contract supervision and administration of similar contracts under IFI procurement rules, preferably in the water/wastewater sector in Croatia and/or other countries in South Eastern Europe.

The Consultant’s project team should include the following key experts:

  • Project Manager;
  • Water sector expert
  • IFI Procurement and Contract Specialist;
  • Engineer for local certification support (local);
  • Local experts.

The key experts proposed shall have preferably a minimum of 5 years’ experience of the activity for which they are proposed including:

  • Project management experience gained in projects similar in scope, nature and complexity;
  • Experience in preparation of full tender documents, knowledge EBRD Supply contractual arrangements and two stage tendering, or equivalent methods;
  • Experience in (i) planning and design activities; project management; (iii) engineering; and (iv) procurement of goods, and services and contract administration;
  • Proven knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of EBRD, or other MDBs, such as World Bank, ADB;
  • Kknowledge of requirements of Croatian legislation concerning issues relevant to this procurement would be an advantage;

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The Expression of Interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete Expression of Interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (PDF) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional PDF copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date . The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.
 

Important Notes:
1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:
(a) Firm’s previous project experience preferably related to project management, procurement support and administration of similar contracts under IFI procurement rules – 30%
(b) CVs of Key Experts – 40%
(c) Firm’s previous project experience in Croatia and/or other countries in south-eastern Europe – 20%
(d) Ability of the consultant’s team to communicate in Croatian – 10%



 


 



 



 

Croatia Buildings Sustainable Energy Financing Facility ("Croatia Buildings SEFF") - Support to Implementation of the Croatia Residential Sustainable Energy Financing Facility

 | Published May 18, 2015  -  Deadline June 5, 2015
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Clarification: The submission deadline has been revised and shall now read:

Closing Date: 05 June 2015 at 23:59 London time.

 

Background:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") is scaling up its operations of Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities in Croatia. In 2013, the EBRD launched a series of assignments under the umbrella of the “Regional Energy Efficiency Programme” ("REEP") for the Western Balkans and for the first time a Sustainable Energy Financing Facility was extended to Croatia. The new credit line facility "WeBSEFF II" was extended to three local participating financial institutions in Croatia under which financing is accessible to both private and public sector clients.

One sector which is still not sufficiently addressed in Croatia and across the Western Balkans countries in general is the residential sector. Croatia has transposed the EU Directive on Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services (2006/32/EC) into Croatian law and has adopted a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan that sets a final energy saving target of 19.77 PJ by 2016 and 22.76 PJ by 2020. In Croatia, households are the largest energy user consuming more than 30% of the total final energy consumption. Households are also the largest consumer of electricity. Almost 50% of all occupied residential buildings were built before 1970 before the introduction of the first thermal regulations for new buildings and consume on average 250kWh/m2 for space heating (EU-27 average around 130kWh/m2).

According to estimates, energy saving potential in the residential sectors amount to up to 50% of the current final energy consumption. Despite this large potential, many residential energy efficiency ("EE") projects remain unfinanced and unimplemented as they are hampered by a number of market barriers such as inter-alia:
• inadequate public awareness of the benefits of EE projects;
• perceived technical and/or financial risk; and
• insufficient capacity for evaluating specific EE projects among banks.

In order to strengthen energy efficiency in this market, the EBRD started discussions with Croatian banks to investigate their interest in launching dedicated residential EE credit products for individuals who want to renovate their dwellings. In line with the classic EBRD SEFF model, the EBRD intends to establish a EUR 60 million Croatia Residential Sustainable Energy Financing Facility ("Croatia Residential SEFF" or the "Facility") which will take the form of credit lines extended to Participating Financial Intermediaries ("PFIs") for on-lending to eligible sub-borrowers (individual homeowners and vendors, manufacturers, suppliers and installers of eligible equipment and materials) to finance energy efficiency investments in residential buildings.

The Facility will aim to:
i. address the currently underfinanced residential EE sector and increase public awareness among a wide range of stakeholders, demonstrating the social and economic benefits of EE investments.
ii. demonstrate to Croatian banks the market potential in the sector and this is expected to facilitate further mobilisation of private sector financing for modernisation of the housing stock.
iii. enforce higher energy performance standards and further development of sustainable energy technologies.

Assignment Description:
The Facility will be complemented by a technical cooperation ("TC") package that will facilitate the transfer of skills to banks and sub-borrowers, contribute to raising awareness among wide group of stakeholders and to demonstrate the financial benefits of rational energy utilisation. At PFI level TC will help with product design and establishing necessary procedures and structures to deliver EE finance in support of EE improvements to the residential sector and will ultimately assist PFIs to develop and launch a sustainable energy financing product for the Croatian residential sector.

The following TC consultancy contracts are foreseen to support the Facility:
1) A LEMI/ LESI Project Preparation Consultant, responsible for defining the technical eligibility criteria and energy performance requirements for types of eligible individual measures and packaged solutions (also known as the List of Eligible Materials and Equipment or "LEME"). Furthermore, the Consultant will populate the LEME with at least 1,000 eligible items and design and programme the website that will present the LEME list; both assignments are expected to be finalised in the second half of 2015.
2) A LEMI/ LESI website Consultant, responsible for the development of the LEMI/ LESI website.

Both of these consultants have already been contracted and are not subject to this procurement notice (please see notes section).

3) A Project Consultant ("PC" or the "Consultant") (to which this notice pertains) to support and implement the Facility and provide support to the Facility’s PFIs and their residential clients for the preparation and assessment of eligible projects according to the Facilities procedures.

The EBRD now intends to engage a consulting company or consortium to perform the role of the PC to support the implementation and administration of the Facility and undertake activities such as project coordination, marketing and information campaign and capacity building to the PFIs, support with pipeline development, administration, reporting and monitoring the overall implementation of the Croatia Residential SEFF (the "Assignment").

The scope of services of the Consultant will be divided into three categories: Generic Tasks, PFI Specific Tasks and Project Assessment Tasks. The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
1. Establish a full-time Croatia Residential SEFF office in Zagreb and set-up operational tools;
2. Provide marketing, awareness raising and capacity building support to the PFIs;
3. Ensure that the technical criteria of the Croatia Residential SEFF are clearly defined, consistently applied and continuously updated - including the LEME/LESI lists and the website, both of which are currently under preparation under a separate TC assignment;
4. Provide for the transfer of skills, knowledge and tools to PFIs to allow for the further implementation of residential lending after the Croatia Residential SEFF without the need for technical assistance;
5. Ensure that the Croatia Residential SEFF funds are on-lent for projects which meet the technical eligibility criteria and for this purpose establish an efficient tracking, monitoring and reporting system to ensure accurate data and standard forms are utilised to include monitoring and reporting in SEFF MIS;
6. Prepare 2 market surveys to reflect market conditions for high-performing building energy efficiency technologies before and after implementation of the Croatia Residential SEFF.

The LEME list and the website prepared by the Project Preparation Consultants will be handed over to the PC who will be required to continue to update them with new entries (the exact procedure to be agreed with the EBRD Operation Leader).

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2015 and has an initial estimated duration of 12 months with the possibility of an extension (both in time and in budgetary terms as explained below).

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 450,000 (for the first 12 months of implementation) with the possibility of an extension up to a maximum of EUR 1,657,420 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded through EBRD Shareholder Special Fund ("SSF"). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding and the assignment will be contracted in stages.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms whose experts will be required to perform the assignment in Croatia on a full-time basis. They will possess previous project experience related to:
1. previous implementation of similar facilities or assignments related to residential buildings sector;
2. strong marketing and capacity building experience ideally with a financial services and financial products focus;
3. design and implementation of residential EE measures, knowledge of international and local building regulations and relevant EU standards, in relation to energy consumption and performance of residential buildings.
Throughout the above mentioned requirements, good knowledge of the local market and the ability to cover wider geographical reach is considered an advantage.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
• An International Project Manager with proven experience and strong management capacity in managing similar projects;
• International and local Marketing and Communication Experts with the skills to promote the Facility;
• At least two experts who will be qualified civil engineers with particular experience in residential building energy management, residential building energy efficiency design and standards, knowledge of EU, international and local (Croatian) building regulations and relevant standards in relation to energy consumption and performance;
• local experts, with relevant technical, marketing, financial and economic background. Strong administration, IT and database experience is essential to make the tracking/reporting and control of the monitoring process as efficient as possible.

It is envisaged that at least 50% of expert input (in terms of budget) shall be provided by local experts who are professionally based and operating in Croatia. Long-term experts shall spend minimum 75% of their time in Croatia. Any home-based activities shall require justification.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.
3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:
Sophie Medert
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
e-mail: MedertS@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:
1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.
2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
• Experience in implementation of similar facilities (Croatia or similar locations) or assignments related to residential buildings energy management/ energy efficiency standards (25%)
• Experience in financial sector/ product marketing and capacity building (25%)
• Expertise in design and implementation of residential EE measures, knowledge of international and local building regulations and relevant EU standards, in relation to energy consumption and performance of residential buildings (25%)
• CVs of key experts (25%)
3. Both consultants currently implementing the LEMI/ LESI Project Preparation and the LEMI Website are not eligible to apply for this current selection.

Croatia Women in Business: Technical Cooperation Programme

 | Published July 1, 2015  -  Deadline July 22, 2015
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") is launching the Croatia Women in Business ("WiB") Programme (the "Programme") in Croatia to:
• Support women-led Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ("Women-led SMEs") in accessing finance for their sustainable growth;
• Develop sustainable credit mechanisms targeted to Women-led SMEs through technical assistance to financial intermediaries in the country; and
• Support Women-led SMEs in accessing know-how, non-financial business development services and networking opportunities.

The EBRD’s financing package will be provided to Participating Financial Institutions ("PFIs") and will also be combined with technical cooperation ("TC") package for PFIs with links to the EBRD’s Small Business Support ("SBS") Programme specifically targeting Women-led SMEs.

The 2011 Global Partnership Financial Inclusion ("GPFI") shows a global unfunded credit gap of over USD 300 billion per annum for by Women-led SMEs to sustain and grow their businesses. The financing gap, in particular, is a major obstacle to the development of start-ups, as well as to the transition of Women-led SMEs from micro and small to medium-sized businesses. Lack of adequate finance (caused by short term financing, excessive collateralization, etc) coupled with specific behavioral attitudes and limited access to know-how, curb the growth potential of Women-led SMEs, de-facto constraining them to the micro and small segments of MSMEs and often in low value-added, low productivity sectors.

The Programme is structured to narrow the above mentioned gap and address the mismatch through an integrated approach to both credit supply side (PFIs) and credit demand side (Women-led SMEs). The Bank now wishes to engage a consultant (the "Consultant") to provide assistance to Croatian PFIs by strengthening their capacities to effectively reach out to Women-led SMEs, conducting baseline studies, ensuring synergy between the Programme components, and support general Programme management functions (the "Assignment"). The selected Consultant is expected to provide, among others, consultancy services as follows:

Component 1: Dedicated Women in Business Financing - Support Women SMEs in accessing finance for their sustainable growth:
(a) Undertake specific baselines assessments at each PFI (MSME loan portfolio, product, organisational and process reviews). Both supply and demand factors influencing women-led SME' access to finance should be analyzed aimed at providing recommendations how PFIs can improve their delivery of financial products and services to Women SMEs and fulfilling research requirements. Programme impact will be monitored and measured against the baselines;
(b) Assist with the Bank' policy dialogue activities in related areas.

Component 2: Technical Co-operation component - Develop sustainable credit mechanisms to enable PFIs to develop and deliver financial products and services tailored to Women SMEs – Institutional capacity building:
(a) Provide and implement comprehensive institutional capacity building measures tailored to the needs of PFIs taking into consideration the results of the baseline assessment and international best practices (including integration of IT/MIS elements);
(b) Provide bank staff training to specifically address the target group needs;
(c) Develop, test and deliver new products specific and tailored to the target group;
(d) Assist PFIs in marketing and outreach to the target group;
(e) Provide general Programme management and administration support functions.

It is expected that up to 4 PFIs will participate in the TC Programme.

Component 3: WiB Small Business Support ("SBS") component - Support to Women SMEs in accessing know-how, non-financial business development services and networking opportunities:
(a) Facilitate WiB activities jointly with PFIs and the Programme’s SBS component for Women SMEs during which it will provide referral services to Women SMEs and implement other measures to ensure synergies between the Programme components;
(b) Organize a number of information sharing, dissemination, marketing and outreach activities through a series of Women in Business seminars designed to improve women’s access to financial information and PFIs first-hand understanding of this segment’s client base.

The outcome of the Assignment is expected to be the promotion of women entrepreneurship by improving women entrepreneurs’ access to finance and know-how and promoting a strong women SMEs sector in the country.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit their expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 230,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: The expected sources of funding for the Assignment are (i) EUR 100,000.00 through Taiwan Business – EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund and (ii) EUR 130,000.00 through the EBRD’s donor-funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme (yet to be determined).

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with:
- Substantial experience of implementing SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments;
- Prior experience conducting portfolio and institutional analysis in financial institutions;
- Prior experience delivering technical assistance to commercial banks to improve their capacity to target the women SME segment;
- Ability to implement multi-faceted TC projects of similar size, complexity and duration with the structured approach to upscale and downscale the level of engagement in the field depending on the Programme needs;
- Knowledge of the banking and SME sector across the Balkans region will be advantage but not an absolute requirement;
- Demonstrable skills and abilities to work particularly with Women-led SMEs through banks and directly;
-Prior experience conducting policy dialogue activities in related areas.

The Consultant is expected to follow a tailored approach based on the needs of each PFI.

It is desirable that the Consultant has an office presence in the country. Certain tasks (e.g., surveys) may be outsourced (sub-contracted) to other firms. However, the Consultant will remain ultimately responsible for all activities and outputs under the Assignment.

It is expected that the Consultant's team of key experts will consist of the minimum following key experts:

Key Expert 1: Project Manager: Proven track record in successfully managing the implementation of SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi country/complex programmes; excellent communication, training, presentation and linguistic skills; Proven experience in negotiating with third parties including banks, associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on behalf of International Financial Institutions; proven track record working on women entrepreneurship and women’s access to finance ; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.

Key Expert 2: Senior Women in Business Financing Expert(s): Proven track record as a gender specialist in emerging markets and in similar operating environments, in particular in gender institutional development in the financial sector/commercial banks. It is envisaged that the gender specialist(s) will advise the Senior Banking Experts on gender analysis of banks’ portfolio, institutional strategies, business models and delivery mechanisms to reach out to women-led SMEs; Extensive knowledge on the challenges that women-led SMEs find in accessing finance in emerging markets and similar operating environments; proven skills in qualitative research and gender institutional analysis; experienced trainer in gender; ability to negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders, including associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.

Key Expert 3: Senior Communications and Marketing Manager(s) with project experience related to the implementation of marketing and sales in commercial banks to advising them on the factors contributing to successful product development or refinement based on market forces and strategic goals. It is envisaged that the expert(s) would be local with a lead expert acting as overall co-ordinator of the marketing program including to banks and liaise closely with local banking experts; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.

Key Expert 4: Senior Banking Experts with proven track record in implementing SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in implementing multi country/complex programmes; hands-on knowledge and experience of working in commercial banks in the Eastern Partnership countries will constitute an advantage. It is envisaged that the expert(s) will be directly liaising with PFIs on an ongoing basis; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.

Key Expert 5: Senior IT/MIS Specialist with practical experience in helping commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments in implementing SME lending schemes, including in multi country/complex programmes; project work involving gender related tasks would constitute and advantage; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms, the information submitted should include the following:

a) Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organization and staffing.
b) Details of required experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;
c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
d) Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc .

The above information should not exceed 20 pages, excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Expressions of interest shall be submitted in English through eSelection and not directly to the contact person given below, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date for submissions indicated above.

Bank Contact Person:
Ms Georgia Vasiliadis
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 7750
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: vasiliag@ebrd.com
(Submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:
1. Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a short list of qualified consultants will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest will be based on the following criteria and their respective weightings:
a) Firm’s experience in successfully managing the implementation of SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi country/complex programmes and the development and marketing of financial products - 25%
b) Firm’s experience in emerging markets and similar operating environments of gender institutional development in the financial sector/commercial banks and product development that addresses gender inequalities in terms of women’s access to products/services – 25%
c) Firm’s experience working in the Balkans region or similar environments – 10%
d) CVs of key experts with relevant experience as per the key expert descriptions give above. Language skills from the Balkans region will constitute an advantage – 40%

SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM MODERNIZATION - P145171

 | Published December 1, 2015
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Joint Venture: Selectio Ltd. forHuman Resources management Teched Consulting Services Ltd. and Institute for Labour Market Development
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Croatia Project: P145171 - Social Protection System ModernizationProject Report Period: 01-Nov-2015 - 01-Dec-2015 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Joint Venture: Selectio Ltd. forHuman Resources management Teched Consulting Services Ltd. and Institute for Labour Market Development Address:Hondlova 2/1110000 ZagrebCroatia Contract SignatureDate: 27-Nov-2015 Method of Procurement: CQS- Selection Based On Consultant's Qualification Price: EUR 219,987.50 Duration: 19.00 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: As part of the measures being considered to improve activation policiesin the country, the Croatian Employment Service (CES) is piloting the use of statistical profiling techniques as a tool to managethe high case load of its employment officers and to better focus scarce resources.This consulting service include preparation,development and implementation the piloting of the StAP within selected CES, and, later, propose actions for the scaling-up of theuse of the proposed StAP model. The proposed work will consist of desk research and field work to assess how the business processesin CES are set out. Taking into account the information gathered, the Consultant will assess the best way of implementing the pilotby developing several profiling process prototypes and implement the prototype identified as most suitable for the purposes of theproject. In order to ensure sustainability the Consultant will develop a training program and implement training for usage of thenew tool and take steps for scaling-up the profiling model within larger context of the CES processes. The assignment of TheConsultant is to prepare, develop and implement the piloting of the statistically assisted profiling model (SAP) within selectedCES, and, later, propose actions for the scaling-up of the use ofthe proposed SAP model. The proposed work will consist of deskresearch and field work to assess how the business processes in CES are set out. Taking into account the information gathered, theConsultant willassess the best way of implementing the pilot by developing several profiling process prototypes and implement theprototype identified as most suitable for the purposes of the project. In order to ensure sustainability the Consultant willdevelop a training program and implement training for usage of the new tool and take steps for scaling-up theprofiling model withinlarger context of the CES processes.

Sisak Urban Transport - Project Implementation Support and Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme

 | Published October 20, 2014  -  Deadline November 21, 2014
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Sisak Urban Transport - Project Implementation Support and Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme The Deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest for this assignment has been updated. Background: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the Bank) has been requested by the City of Sisak (the City, Client or Sisak) to provide loan financing of up to EUR 4.5 million to the public transport company Auto promet d.o.o. Sisak (AP) founded by the City to finance the modernisation of the bus fleet (the Project). The transaction will be backed by a Public Service Contract (PSC) and supported with a Municipal Support Agreement (MSA) between the Bank and the City. The Bank’s financing will be used to modernise part of the Company’s bus fleet, introduction of a fleet management system and modernisation of the maintenance depot. The Company currently operates 34 buses. The average age of the AP bus fleet is 13 years, with a range from 6 to 25 years, compared to the optimal industry standard of 3-4 years. Such a fleet condition is unsustainable, especially with regards to the pollution, noise and lack of reliability created by the current fleet, with a negative impact on both the environment and living conditions in and around the City. In some instances, the existing fleet does not meet basic safety requirements. As an example, the existing Road Safety Law specifies conditions for the transportation of school children and currently only four of AP’s buses satisfy these requirements. In addition, the fuel consumption of the outdated fleet amounts to roughly 30.6 litres of diesel fuel per 100 km (about twice the normal consumption rate), significantly burdening the operating performance of the Company. The Company also operates a small bus terminal in the centre of Sisak, of which it owns 55 per cent. The remaining ownership of the terminal resides with the other main private bus company Caszmatrans which handles some suburban routes and school transport services. The terminal is slightly loss-making, and under-exploited from the standpoint of auxiliary incomes (e.g. shops, other retail). The planned purchase of 17 new low-floor buses compliant with the EU Directive 2009/33/CE will improve the reliability and quality of public transport services for users, as well as improve air quality through reduced carbon emissions and better fuel efficiency. The investment in 17 new buses will result in a significant reduction of carbon emissions from the urban bus sector. Urban Transport Market / Regulatory Snapshot Market: Urban transport services in the City of Sisak are solely provided by the Company, which also covers a certain proportion of suburban routes and the heavily travelled intercity service to Zagreb. Although many commuters use private cars and rail to travel to Zagreb, due to the parking regulation in Zagreb and unreliable railway services the number of bus passengers is on the increase. The Zagreb - Sisak route is open to competition, mainly from individual bus owners and one private company. Finally, the company transports schoolchildren, a competitively tendered service it shares with one other main private competitor. AP regularly participates in such tenders. Sisak has adopted a social policy for collecting public fares. Passengers categorised as students and pensioners are granted subsidised ticket prices on only urban and suburban lines, whilst the intercity passengers are not entitled to receive discounted travel. Regulatory aspect of public transport: According to the Regulation (EC) 1370/2007 of the European Parliament, public service compensation (subsidies) may be necessary to ensure the provision of services of general economic interest and guarantee safe, efficient, attractive and high quality passenger transport. The competent authority (the City) is obliged to conclude a public service contract with the operator to which it grants an exclusive right and/or compensation in exchange for discharging public service obligations (PSO) under a PSC. As a new EU country, Croatian municipalities are in the process of developing PSCs. The City has requested assistance from the Bank to prepare an EU-compliant PSC. This will be undertaken separately from the current assignment under a PSC Preparation Framework (TCS 39409) Regulatory emissions from heavy duty vehicles: Based on the Regulation (EC) No 595/2009 of the European Parliament, National authorities shall no longer grant Community or national type-approval for vehicles that do not comply with this Regulation as of 31 December 2012. They have also prohibited the registration of new vehicles that do not comply with this Regulation as of 31 December 2013. This Regulation also defines the approval of motor vehicle types, engines and replacement parts with respect to their emissions which must comply with Euro VI standards which determines the GHG emission limits. The proceeds of the EBRD loan will be used as follows: Tranche A - (i) the purchase of up to 10 new diesel Euro VI standard compliant buses for the Borrower, to be used for the urban and suburban routes in the area of the City of Sisak; (ii) introduction of a fleet management system; and (iii) modernisation of the maintenance depot of the Borrower at the location of its headquarters in Sisak Tranche B - the purchase of up to 7 additional new diesel Euro VI standard compliant buses for the Borrower, to be used for the urban and suburban routes in the area of the City of Sisak. Assignment Description: To support implementation of the Project, the Client intends to retain a consultant (the Consultant) to support the work of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to ensure it has access to best practice in the implementation of projects and procurement, as well as advice on specific technical issues (the Assignment or Services). The Consultant will provide assistance in procurement of the contracts in compliance with the Bank’s Procurement Policies and Rules (PP&R) provisions, and pursuant to all other agreements stipulated in the Loan Agreement signed between the Company and the Bank. The Consultant shall ensure that the PIU seeks and obtains the Bank’s No Objection for each contract and/or as deemed necessary during the implementation, pursuant PP&R provisions. The Consultant will also assist in the preparation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (FOPIP) with the overall objective to improve the Company’s operational efficiency, environmental, social and financial management in order to strengthen the capacity to service debt while providing high quality urban bus services. The overall objective of the Assignment is to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the Project by: Advising to the Company and the PIU in the implementation of the Project’s component for the procurement of buses and associated services, contract administration; Assisting the PIU in the finalization of the technical specifications, based on Due Diligence needs assessment, provide draft tender documents including draft contract all provisions related to the ancillary services associated, such as after sales service, spare parts, etc.; Assisting the PIU in conducting the procurement process, in a timely and efficient manner, including the tenders evaluation, the report drafting and contract preparation; Providing timely recommendations and reporting to the PIU in the contract administration process; Assist with the administration of the contract delivery and acceptance phase of the buses and related ancillary services contract and advising the PIU with respect to all aspects which, in the Consultant’s professional judgment, aiming at Project’s successful implementation and prevent any action that might constitute violation of the contract conditions; and If requested, the Consultant will assist the PIU to provide the Bank with data, advice and information in relation to the contracts which shall be impartial and take due regard of the best industry practices. Establishing indicators for measurable improvements (within a clearly defined timetable) in operational efficiency and levels of service (e.g. availability of the fleet; percentage of operational route plan completed; punctuality of service: cleanliness of buses); Developing and implementing a FOPIP focussing on: increasing the revenue collection; developing a tariff formula and tariff policies which balance the desire to maximise revenues with high-levels of ridership; developing the ability within the Company to make ongoing long-term (5 year) corporate development programmes, including capital budgets and tariff projections; Reviewing the potential for private sector participation in the Company’s non-core activities. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in December 2014 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 150,000 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: EBRD Shareholder Special Fund Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with assignment or project experience in i) urban transport, including specific experience in bus fleet management, preferably in the last seven years; and ii) in the financial and administrative management, procurement, design and administration of similar investment projects and activities similar in terms of nature, scope and size. The Consultant’s team is expected to include experts covering at least the following disciplines: Team Leader / Project Manager Technical Experts in buses, fleet management systems and bus depot rehabilitation and related services similar to this project tentatively 100 man days input; Procurement and Contract Specialist tentatively 100 man/day input to be spent in the country; Financial and Operational Specialist(s) Local support staff fluent in Croatian and English. All experts shall have preferably 7 years experience of the activity which they are proposed for in a similar position, and their previous professional experience should include: project management experience gained in consultancy assignments similar in scope, nature and complexity; experience in preparation of full tender documents, knowledge EBRD Supply contractual arrangements and two stage tendering, or equivalent methods; experience in (i) planning and design activities; project management; (iii) engineering; (iv) procurement of goods, and services and contract administration; and (v) financial and operational performance; proven knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of EBRD, or other MDBs, such as World Bank, ADB; knowledge of requirements of Croatian legislation concerning issues relevant to this procurement would be an advantage; Croatian speaking support staff would be required. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following: (a) Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing; (b) Details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments preferably undertaken in the previous seven years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; (c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous seven years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives; (d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The expression of interest shall not exceed 15 pages (excluding CVs, consultant declaration and contact sheet). One original and 2 copies of the expression of interest, in English and Croatian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope clearly marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for Sisak Urban Transport - Project Implementation Support and Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme”, to reach Client not later than the due date at 10:00 (Croatian time). The expression of interest shall also be sent by email to the Client by the same due date. Electronic copies should also be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by email by the same due date. Important Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. Shortlisting criteria and respective weightings are: a) Firm’s previous experience in urban transport projects, including specific experience in bus fleet management, preferably within the last 7 years - 30% b) Firm’s experience in urban transport in Croatia and/or other Western Balkans countries - 20% c) CVs of team of experts, specifically: - with relevant experience in procurement - 15%; - with relevant experience in urban transport and bus fleet management – 20%; - with relevant experience in financial and operational performance – 15%; Fluency in Croatian and previous project experience in the country would be an advantage.

Sisak Urban Transport - Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

 | Published February 26, 2015  -  Deadline March 25, 2015
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Clarification: Please note that the deadline for submission of of EOIs is 25 March 2015, 10:00 Croatian time. Executing Agency (Client): City of Sisak, Croatia Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is providing a loan of up to EUR 4.5 million to the public transport company “Auto promet d.o.o. Sisak (“Auto promet”, “AP” or the “Company”) in the City of Sisak (“Sisak” or the “City”) to finance the modernisation of the City’s bus fleet (the “Project”). The Company currently operates 34 buses. The average age of the AP bus fleet is 13 years, with a range from 6 to 25 years, compared to the optimal industry standard of 3-4 years. Such a fleet condition is unsustainable, especially with regards to the pollution, noise and lack of reliability created by the current fleet, with a negative impact on both the environment and living conditions in and around the City. The proceeds of the loan will be used for the modernisation of the bus fleet through the purchase of up to 17 new diesel Euro VI standard complaint buses, introduction of a fleet management system and modernisation of the maintenance depot. Through the implementation of the Project, the Company will: improve the current condition of its outdated fleet, with average fleet age of 13 years, including the improvement of the operating expenses, mainly connected to the decrease of average fuel consumption and significant decrease of bus maintenance expenses, improve its environmental performance through the reduction of GHG emissions and reduction of noise levels, which is especially important in the urban areas, and improve the safety standards especially important for the transportation of schoolchildren. In order to accommodate the new buses under the framework of the transport system for Sisak, the City intends to retain a consultant (“the Consultant”) to provide assistance in developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (the “Plan” or “SUMP”) that can assist the City to manage mobility to be compatible with environmental requirements (the “Assignment” or “Services”). This Assignment will support the City to ensure best practice urban transport planning and to identify opportunities for divestiture of commercial activities with potential for private sector participation. The overall objective of the Assignment is to create a sustainable urban transport system for the City by addressing, at a minimum, the following specific activities: To prepare a Plan for the transport urban sector in Sisak, which will determine future priority investments in the sector; To ensure the accessibility offered by the transport system is available to all, such that urban public facilities including public transport can provide services on an inclusive basis; To improve safety and security in all modes of transport and reducing the number of accidents; To reduce air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and energy consumption; To improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transportation of persons, including defined sources of underlying funding and financing for such activities. This is understood to include both AP and private transport providers; To elaborate a general and specific set of indicators, regarding the mobility, socio-economic and urban development of the City, which will be monitored in evaluating the effectiveness of the Plan associated to the established objectives; To develop non-motorized modes and intermodal transport networks; and Propose recommendations on Private Sector Participation (“PSP”) opportunities in the provision of urban transport services in Sisak. A successful outcome of the Assignment would be a Plan for Sisak setting the context for phased investments programming for the period 2016-2030 agreed with municipal and national authorities. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in May 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 9 months. Budget Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 170,000 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: EBRD Shareholder Special Fund Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with: (1) project experience in planning of public transport networks, including sustainable urban mobility planning, as well as with traffic and parking management; (2) relevant project experience in European Union/Western Balkans, in urban development projects. It is expected that the Consultant’s team of key experts will at least consist of: Team Leader/Transport Planner, with preferably ten years of relevant project experience in Europe in urban development projects Urban Planner/architect, with preferably five years of relevant project experience in urban planning at local and metropolitan level; Public Transport Operations Specialist, with preferably five years of relevant project experience in a public transport company and/or consultancy in the public transport field; Traffic Engineer with preferably five years of relevant project experience in traffic engineering, traffic management and control; Transport modelling Expert with preferably ten years of relevant project experience in operating four-step traffic model software in an urban environment; Parking Policy Specialist with preferably five years of relevant project experience in managing parking policy in cities and/or with a consultancy firm; Transport Economist, with preferably five years of relevant project experience in Europe. Financial Expert, with preferably ten years of relevant project experience in urban transport. Legal Expert specialised in Public Transport with preferably ten years of relevant project experience as a lawyer, including preferably five years in public/private partnership in the public transport field in Europe; Marketing Expert with preferably five years of relevant project experience in publicity, marketing and communication in the transport area and in Europe; Environmental Expert with preferably five years of relevant project experience in environmental assessment preferably in Europe, in particular referring to Strategic Environmental Assessment, assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (Directive 2001/42/EC) and Environmental Impact Assessment (Directive 85/337/CEE); Urban Transport Young Professionals (2) - The UTYPs are intended to be hired by the Consultant, and incorporated fully into the production of the SUMP. The UTYPs should be Croatian nationals and recent graduates with at least a 4 year university degree in engineering, planning, or other equivalent technical field related to the transport sector. Recent is to be understood as having graduated from university within the last 3 years. The objective is for deep knowledge transfer to occur between experienced professional consultants and the UTYPs, with the objective of passing at the end of the SUMP preparation project over to the beneficiary municipality for a period of 2 years as municipal staff. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following: (a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing; (b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; (c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. (d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet). Two electronic copies of the expression of interest, in English and Croatian, shall be submitted to the Client” clearly entitled “Expression of Interest for Sisak Urban Transport – Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan”, to reach Client not later than the due date at 10:00 (Croatian time). One electronic copy in English and Croatian should also be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. The Client Contact Person Zeljko Djeverlija, Director Auto promet Sisak d.o.o. Zagrebacka 19 direktor@auto-promet-sisak.hr +385 44 526 350 +385 44 526 360 EBRD Contact Person James Yoo European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6369 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 E-mail: yooj@ebrd.com Important Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. The shortlisting criteria and respective weightings are: (a) Firm’s previous experience in urban transport projects, including specific experience in sustainable urban mobility planning, planning of public transport networks, as well as with traffic and parking management, preferably within the past five years – 30% (b) Firm’s previous experience in urban transport and sustainable urban mobility plans in the Western Balkans and/or European Union – 20% (c) CVs of the team of key experts - 50%

3. Consultant services for the improvement of transaction managers and SQA for application solutions at the central information system

Agencija za podršku informacijskim sustavima i informacijskim tehnologijama d.o.o. | Published September 2, 2016
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2. The consultant services for the development of the project of procurement of medical equipment and furniture for a new hospital in Pula

 | Published August 12, 2016
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Split Urban Regeneration Masterplan Study for the Eastern Wing of the City Port and the Kopilica Sites

 | Published October 21, 2015  -  Deadline November 12, 2015
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Please note the deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest has been extended until 12 November 2015 at 23:59 London time. The Funding Eligibility has also been revised as follows: "up to a maximum of 40% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Croatia or consultancy firms registered in Croatia".

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) intend to commission technical assistance for the production of a Masterplan Study for the Split Urban Regeneration Project ("SURP" or the "Project") on behalf of the City of Split and Croatian Railways Infrastructure (HZI), the main stakeholders of SURP (the "Project Stakeholders"). The Masterplan Study shall focus on two major development sites: existing railway and bus station located at the eastern wing of the City Port at the heart of Split’s Old Town (the 'Downtown Site') and a possibility of a partial relocation to a new railway and bus station planned to be developed in the Kopilica area ("Kopilica" or the "New Transport Hub") . The Masterplan Study will be based on an independently conducted demand studies for both locations (the "Demand Studies") establishing the commercial potential of these sites, complemented by public spaces developed with Split’s residents and visitors in mind.

Both sites, majority state owned, are of significant importance in terms of their scale and strategic locations. Due to their vital importance as the transport hubs for locals and tourists visiting Split, surrounding regions and numerous islands, the Project will also help to shape the future development of the City. The Masterplan Study therefore needs to be consistent with strategic directions for the overall development strategy for Split as established by the Municipality, Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, and other relevant stakeholders.

The Masterplan Study, subject to the approval of HZI and the City of Split, will form a foundation block of the detailed urbanistic plan for both locations which will be completed with an international architectural competition. It will therefore be a key document that both informs the long-term strategy and development for this part of the City and sets out a scale of development that will bring much needed foreign direct investment into the country.

Given this context, the Project is expected to be guided by a strong vision of sustainable urban development that would reflect the stakeholders' ambitions and attract the interest of, and give confidence to, socially and environmentally aware regional and international investors, as well as private developers, while ensuring full harmony with the UNESCO heritage (in case of the Downtown Site).

Background


City of Split

Developed around the UNESCO protected, Roman era Diocletian Palace, Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest passenger port on the Adriatic, as well as the main tourist hub on the Dalmatian coast. The City covers 120 sq km and is home to a population of around 500,000. This number doubles during the summer months, with the port of Split carrying more than 20 million passengers annually to the surrounding islands and Italian coastal towns. The City combines a rich cultural and architectural heritage with tourism and service industry as its economic base. Economic growth based on tourism has enabled significant investments in public services, infrastructure and tourism facilities over the past 20 years and represents the main pillar of economic growth for the future. In 2014, the total contribution of travel and tourism to Croatia’s GDP stood at 28.3% and is projected to rise by 2.2% in 2015 and by 4.2% pa to reach 36.2% in 2025[1]


Sites


The Downtown site is situated in the geographic centre of Split. Its strategic location has the potential to form the core of a new city district and a gateway to more than ten Croatian islands for the rapidly growing tourism industry on which these islands fully depend. It is rare in any major City that such strategic development opportunities appear at this scale. It is even rarer for such development opportunities to concern land that sits next to one of the most significant UNESCO protected sites on the Adriatic coast and is in the majority ownership of a public landowner. This could further integrate the city’s cultural and architectural assets to a new dynamic realm. These factors, combined with the landowner’s desire for a market led, commercially successful, and socially and environmentally sustainable Masterplan, make this a major commercial development opportunity.


The Kopilica site is located in the north of Split. It consists of approximately 100ha of land and is zoned for transport and commercial mixed use. The site is owned by the HZI, Split Port authority and a number of municipal companies. Majority of the site is currently not in use. The Kopilica site would be developed as a location for the new railway and bus transport hub accompanied by commercial and industrial infrastructure, aiming to provide an integrated traffic solution for Split and Dalmatia. The relocation of Split Railway Station and development of Kopilica Site will depend on the results of a demand study ("Demand Study") which will include a feasibility study and cost/benefit analysis. The commercial and other elements of this phased development would be developed consequent to the development of the new transport hub.


Upon the finalisation of the Masterplan Study and consequent international architectural competition, the Downtown Site redevelopment would focus on the removal of a majority of the existing railway tracks and accompanied platforms, scaling down the operating station and creating a city-centre hub that would serve as a link to the new Kopilica-based transport hub via city trains. This move would free up approximately 130,000 sqm of prime land in the Old Town, which is in the ownership of HZI and the Republic of Croatia (maritime good). Some of that land will be allocated to the Municipality of Split for a section of access roads, which will leave approximately 70,000sqm available for redevelopment by the HZI and Municipality of Split in participation with private developers.


Assignment Description:
The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the "Consultant") to develop a Masterplan Study for the Split Urban Regeneration Project on the feasibility and commercial viability of the potential partial relocation of the railway and bus station to the Kopilica site, and a phased development plan for both sites.


It is the joint objective of public stakeholders and EBRD that the development opportunity will be one of the most significant changes within the City of Split in the coming 10 years. The Masterplan Study should therefore be carried out to the best international standards as an exemplar of sustainable urban development, commercial success and investment value.


The Masterplan Study should envision that the Downtown Site would become:

- A key new centre for the city providing economic development, life and activity adjacent to the heart of the city.

- A place that preserves and enhances the historic character of Split and the setting of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

- A year-round touristic destination adaptable to different flows and touristic demands in summer and winter; providing new activities and uses which would help expand Split's offerings and extend the visitor seasons.

- A highly sustainable place that conserves and enhances the city's environment and minuses the resource use.

- An economically and environmentally resilient place which can recover quickly from short-term shocks and adapts fluidly to long-term changes.

The Kopilica site would become:

- A regional gateway: acting as a key point of arrival and connection within the city, to the wider region, and for international visitors.

- A commercially viable area with mixed use and based on the Demand Study conducted as part of the Masterplan Study.

- A new transport hub, with a fully functional and integrated traffic solution: providing a solution to the current congestion problem in the Downtown site caused by the sub-optimal location of the railway and bus terminal and increasing touristic demand in the City of Split; and an optimised railway solution which would in conjunction with the HZI rehabilitation plan increase use and utilisation of the railway infrastructure.


The Assignment should be guided by the following key strategic objectives:

- There must be a completed commercially-led Masterplan Study that provides the basis for detailed development planning with business infrastructure anchoring both sites as well as phasing and infrastructure investment and be adopted as part of the Municipality’s urban and strategic planning proposals. This is subject to the financial feasibility of partial railway infrastructure relocation.

- There must be a sustainability toolkit that defines key sustainability requirements for spaces, and harmonization with the UNESCO heritage and the city’s historical and architectural heritage. The toolkit should cover requirements for both public and private developments.

- If the public stakeholders decide to stay in the Project as a joint venture partner by contributing to the sites, value of land will be established through an independent valuation conducted by a professional Consultant.

- If the public stakeholders decide to give land in concession, there must be a phased strategy of land release that balances the need to generate early capital receipts with the need to build a long term sustainable and transformational urban development vision.

- EBRD may potentially consider providing debt financing for municipal infrastructure and transport infrastructure, as well as debt and equity financing to international commercial developers, winners of international tenders organised on the basis of the Masterplan Study and consequently conducted international architectural competitions for both sites.


The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

1. Perform a Transport Analysis and Site Development Carrying Capacity for the Downtown Site.

2. Conduct Initial Objectives, Demand Analyses for both Sites and the Relocation Study for the Downtown Site (the scope also includes the Kopilica/New transport hub site where needed).

3. Prepare an Integrated Development Plan, including a Concept Masterplan, Transportation Plan, Business Case, Regulatory Approval Strategy, Phasing and Delivery Strategy, and Operation and Management Strategy for the Downtown Site.

4. Conduct an Options Analysis and Preferred Development Concept for the Downtown Site.


Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.


Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in Q1 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 590,000 (exclusive of VAT).

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.


Funding Source:
Austrian Technical Assistance Co-operation Fund.


Eligibility:
Consultancy firms shall be entities registered in Austria and all experts proposed by the entity to work on the assignment must be either Austrian nationals or permanent residents of Austria. However, up to a maximum of 40% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Croatia or consultancy firms registered in Croatia.


Consultant Profile:
Corporate services are required. Subject to the eligibility criteria as described above, the Consultant shall be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to complex urban master planning involving historical heritage sites of similar complexity using procurement rules of international financial institutions ("IFIs") such as EBRD, World Bank, ADB or equivalent procedures of other IFIs and implementing projects in Croatia and/or Central Europe and Baltic States.

Experts

Preferred qualification requirement

Team Leader – Urban Planner/ Urban Regeneration

Qualified urban planning, regeneration and real estate development practitioner with preferably 15 years’ experience of complex urban development and regeneration projects.

Urban Economic Development Expert

Qualified Economist or similar economic development professional with preferably 15 years’ experience in regional economic development and urban regeneration.

Masterplan Infrastructure Engineer

Qualified Infrastructure Engineer with preferably 15 years’ experience in multi-disciplinary infrastructure strategies to support Masterplan and city centre development.

Senior Environment Impact Assessment Expert

Qualified environmental scientist with preferably 15 years’ experience in undertaking SEA and EIA for urban development, Masterplanning and tourism project


Submission Requirements:
In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous ten years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

5. A copy of the Consultant’s valid company registration certificate confirming that the firm is registered in Austria.


The above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet.


The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.


Bank Contact Person:

Viv Headlam
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6885
e-mail: lewishev@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)


Notes:

1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) Consultant’s previous project experience in sustainable urban master planning, energy efficiency audit, and policy engagement with similar complexity and value of the Project undertaken preferably within the last 10 years: 30%

(b) Consultant’s experience in preparing similar projects using procurement rules of International Financial Institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or ADB or equivalent procedures of other IFIs: 20%

(c) Consultant’s previous experience in implementing projects in Egypt and/or SEMED region: 20%

(d) CVs of key experts: 30%

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[1] World Travel and Tourism Council, 2015. http://www.wttc.org/-/media/files/reports/economic%20impact%20research/countries%202015/croatia2015.pdf

Feasibility Study (including Social and Environmental Impact Assessment Study) for strengthening of main Croatian transmission North-South axis enabling new interconnection development

 | Published April 6, 2016  -  Deadline April 27, 2016
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Project Description: Hrvatski operator prijenosnog sustava d.o.o. ("HOPS" or the "Client") has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") to provide financing for the construction of transmission overhead lines, substations and interconnection lines to strengthen the Croatian electricity transmission system and create an additional regional interconnection with Bosnia and Herzegovina ("BiH") (the "Investment"). Client partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Investment ("Partners") are Elektroprenos BiH and Independent Systems Operator in BiH ("NOS BiH"). The development of a cross-border electricity trade in the region and between neighbouring regions at pan-European scale requires that the development of a transmission infrastructure is undertaken through the extension and strengthening of the 400 kV (inter) connections of the respective power systems to allow sales and exchanges of electricity to take place and to strengthen the internal networks to accommodate the expected new power plants and to support load development while maintaining a high level of reliable operation and security of supply.

Assignment Description: The Client now intends to engage a consulting company (the "Consultant") to prepare a Feasibility Study including an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment ("ESIA") and associated environmental and social studies for this regionally significant transmission connection (the "Assignment" or the "Feasibility Study").  The Feasibility Study will examine the network upgrade options with a main focus on the chosen connection 220 kV to 400 kV between Croatian nodes Brinje and Konjsko as well as between the nodes Banja Luka (BiH) and Lika (HR). The agreed and selected option for Konjsko-Brinje will be assessed and a full feasibility analysis conducted of the new interconnection to Bosnia & Herzegovina power system to the node Banja Luka 400 kV.

The selected Consultant is expected to conduct an analysis of the existing 220 kV connections which are largely ready for replacement, especially in the route Konjsko-Brinje together with an assessment of the potential to strengthen the network towards the nodes Melina (HR) and Divaca (SLO) in the West and examine the network upgrade options focused on 400 kV connection between Brinje and Konjsko and Banja Luka–Lika by:

  1. Reviewing existing documentation to be provided by the Client and Partners including reviewing and refining in close cooperation with the Client and Partners any available studies relating to the studies that will be required for this line justification in order to prepare a detailed workplan. 
  2. Carrying out a full technical assessment of the Project including a financial and economic assessment and Environmental and Social Assessment ("ESIA").
  3. Undertaking discussions with the Client and Partners, Line Ministries and Regulatory Agencies, and where necessary regional and European bodies (ENTSO-E, Energy Community, DG Energy) in order to gain full stakeholder engagement with this transmission system development project.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in July 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: The cost range for the Assignment is EUR 1,200,000.00 to EUR 1,500,000.00 (exclusive of VAT).

Estimated nos. of man-days for the Assignment is to be approximately 264 (two hundred and sixty-four) man days to be appropriately divided amongst International and Local Experts.

Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the European Western Balkans Joint Fund. Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:

1.  Transmission system planning, development and construction as well as knowledge of the local and regional electricity market and RES integration references, preferably funded by the EU or other IFIs.

2. Transmission system development and conducting electricity market analyses in Croatia, BiH and the South East Europe region.

3.  Proficiency in standard industry software applications including consultancy company licences for PSS/E, PLEXOS and PLS-CADD market software.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows with good verbal and written communication skills in English.  The ability to work in Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian language would be considered an advantage:

a. Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in project management and transmission system planning, development and/or construction as well as knowledge of the local and regional electricity market and with RES integration references.

b. Key Expert No 2 (Lead Transmission Engineer) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in transmission project design and development, system planning and/or construction with knowledge of technical system studies.

c. Key Experts No 3 (Transmission Planning Engineer) with preferably 10 years of specialist knowledge on transmission network planning and/or design. Proficiency in standard industry software applications including consultancy company licence for PSS/E would be considered an advantage.

d. Key Experts No 4 (Senior Electricity Market Analyst ) with preferably 10 years of specialist knowledge for market based development of the power system. Proficiency in standard industry software applications including consultancy company licence for PLEXOS market software would be considered an advantage.

e. Key Expert No 5 (Procurement Specialist) with preferably 10 years proven procurement experience in similar assignments with experience in EBRD or other IFI’s procurement procedures and requirements.

f. Key Expert No 6 (Project Finance/Economist) with preferably 10 years relevant experience in project finance and developing budgets and cost benefit analyses for electricity network projects with the ability to demonstrate financial modelling competence using NPV techniques and sensitivity analysis and risk assessment competence.

g. Key Expert No 7 (Pool of Additional Experts) consisting of Finance/Economic Analyst, Geodetic Engineer with preferably 5 years relevant professional experience.

Non-key experts (no CVs required) are expected to include System Analysts, Transmission Engineers, Environmental and Social Coordinators and Legal Experts.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

One original and 4 copies of the expression of interest, in English, should be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPESSION OF INTEREST for Feasibility Study (including Social and Environmental Impact Assessment Study) for strengthening of main Croatian transmission North-South axis enabling new interconnection development – TCS ID No. 48322”, to reach Client not later than the specified closing date by 14:00 hours (Central European Time). One further electronic copy should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date.

Important Notes:

1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

  1. Firm’s previous project experience preferably funded by the EU or other IFIs within the last 10 years in transmission system planning, development conducting electricity market analyses and studies, including knowledge of the local and regional electricity market with RES integration - 30%
  2. Firm’s relevant sector experience in Croatia, BiH or the South East Europe region and proficiency in standard industry software applications including consultancy company licences for PSS/E, PLEXOS and PLS-CADD market software - 30%
  3. CV of experts with experience in similar assignments in Croatia, BiH or the South East Europe region with fluency in English (good written and communication skills).  The ability to work in Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian language would be considered an advantage - 40%

3. All correspondence related to the Assignment (if any) should be addressed to the Client Contact Person, Mr Damjan Medimorec (Email: damjan.medimorec@hops.hr) in the first instance, copying the Client Partners Contact Persons – Mr Alaudin Alihodzic alaudin.alihodzic@elprenos.ba and Mr Bojan Zecevic (Email: b.zecevic@nosbih.ba) and EBRD Contact Person  Ms Viv Lewis-Headlam (Email: lewishev@ebrd.com).

 

Client Contact Person:
Mr Damjan Medimorec
Croatian Transmission System Operator  Ltd. (HOPS)
Kupska 4
10 000 Zagreb
Croatia
Email: damjan.medimorec@hops.hr
Phone:  +385 1 4545 608 │+385 1 4545 111
Fax:      +385 1 4545 463 │+385 1 4545 977

Client Partners Contact Persons:
Mr Alaudin Alihodzic
Elektroprenos BiH
Marije Bursac 4a
78000 Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Email: alaudin.alihodzic@elprenos.ba
Phone: +38751246512
Fax:      +38751246550 

and

Mr Bojan Zecevic
NOS BiH ( ISOB&H - Independent Systems Operator in BiH )
Hamdije Cemerlica 2
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Email: b.zecevic@nosbih.ba
Phone:  +38733720475
Fax:      +38733720494

EBRD Contact Person:
Viv Lewis-Headlam
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6885
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: Lewishev@ebrd.com

 

EL TO Zagreb Upgrade Project

 | Published November 20, 2017  -  Deadline December 15, 2017
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Invitation for Expressions of Interest – Owner’s Engineer

EL TO Zagreb Upgrade Project - Croatia

Project Description:  Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d. (HEP or the Employer) intends to apply for a loan from the European Bank  for  Reconstruction  and  Development  (the Bank)  towards  the  cost  of CCPP EL-TO Zagreb.

The project comprises of construction of a CHP CCPP, “CCPP EL-TO Zagreb” which is intended to be done on turnkey basis according to FIDIC Conditions of Contract, with an electrical output of 90 to 150 MW (under ISO conditions) and with heat output between 80 to 120 MWt.

The CCPP EL-TO Zagreb will be the basic heat-generating unit for the location EL-TO Zagreb. Electricity production will be subordinated to heat production. The operation of the Plant will be determined by district heating (DH) loads of the Zagreb district heating system as follows: most of the year the plant will operate according to DH load, whereas the need for industrial steam will be covered if there is any steam left to be supplied from the steam turbine extraction, the balance being covered by other units within the EL-TO Zagreb site. The generated electricity will be transmitted to HV transmission grid (110 kV).

The new CCPP EL-TO Zagreb will be located in a free space within the EL-TO Zagreb site to replace the existing unit “A”. The available area is 4,700 m2 and free of any underground and ground infrastructure. The site is equipped with required infrastructure, including heating station, roads, water supply and sewage system, gas, telecommunication and electric-power infrastructure, as well as public lighting. The site can be reached by two road entrances/exits, one from the north and the other from the eastern side.

The Contract will cover Engineering, Procurement and Construction on turnkey basis applying FIDIC Conditions of Contract. This will include licensing, permitting, site preparation and installation along with all necessary interconnections to existing facilities within EL-TO and infrastructure, certification, training, commissioning (incl. functional testing, guarantee tests and trial run) until Taking-Over.

HEP now intends to engage an Owners Engineer who shall exercise all duties in assisting the Employer (this Notice).

Assignment Description: The Owners Engineer shall assist the Employer in the design review, supervising and coordinating the engineering, construction, inspection, testing, commissioning and taking-over of the CHP CCPP EL-TO Zagreb and related facilities, including interconnections to existing plant & systems, being implemented via EPC Turnkey Contract to ensure realization of the Project, fully in accordance with the Consultancy Contract.

All activities shall be performed fully in accordance with the relevant local laws in the Republic of Croatia.

The main objectives of the required services are to:

  • ensure, through the review and revision of main design (basic design documentation intended for licensing and permitting) and detailed design, the compliance of project documentation with the Employer’s requirements, standards and local legislation;
  • ensure that Works are being carried out in compliance with the EPC Contract, relevant technical documentation, standards and norms, as well as environmental and social requirements of EBRD and EIB;
  • supervise the Works, assure technical assistance during works execution;
  • ensure proper accounting and recording of the progress of the Works;
  • ensure that the Works are planned in an orderly manner;
  • carry out the role proactively to identify circumstances that might lead to delays in the progress of the Works and delays under the EPC Contract and propose to the Employer measures that can be taken to avoid or minimize any such delays.

The Owners Engineer shall carry out all duties according to the Consultancy Contract with the Employer. The services to be provided by the OE include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Project Management Assistance;
  2. Design review;
  3. Supervision of Works at Site;
  4. Supervision of Tests on Completion (Commissioning, Functional & Performance Guarantee Tests, Trial Run) and assistance in Taking-Over;
  5. Monitoring of the progress of the Works;
  6. Technical assistance during Works execution;
  7. Reporting.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment expected Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in second half of 2018 and has an estimated overall duration of about 38 months to cover the completion of the EPC Contract. The intention is to also engage the Owners Engineer during the 24 months Defects Notification Period as needed and as requested by the Employer.

The Consultancy Contract may be extended depending on the needs of the Project and as agreed between the Employer and the Consultant subject to approval by EBRD.

Cost Estimate of the Assignment: EUR 2.0 Mln; Exclusive of VAT. 

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such determination in the response to the Notice.  If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the consultant/s unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: Through EBRD loan proceeds.

Eligibility Restrictions: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to Owners Engineering services for EPC Turnkey Contracts for projects of similar nature and scale, i.e. construction or rehabilitation of large gas-fired, gas turbine-based combined heat and power (“CHP”) units.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to ensure that the full EPC Contract period of 38 months and Defects Notification Period of 24 months is covered by an appropriate number of staff. The working language of the project is English; all the team members must possess sufficient proficiency in English.

The following experts are considered as Key Experts:

  1. Project Manager

Qualifications and skills

A graduate mechanical/electrical engineer with twenty (20) or more years of professional experience in the energy sector. He/she shall have good working knowledge of FIDIC contract conditions.

General professional experience

At least fifteen (15) years of experience in design and review/revision of design documents, construction, construction & commissioning supervision, contract administration, claim management and taking-over of thermal power projects.

Specific professional experience

At least ten (10) years of international experience. He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has experience in similar positions in design and review/revision of design documents, construction and commissioning supervision, contract administration, claim management and taking-over in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP project.

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has occupied similar posts as OE Project Manager on at least two similar CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects ≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

  1. Design Review Manager

Qualifications and skills

A graduate mechanical/electrical engineer with twenty (20) or more years of professional experience in the energy sector. He/she shall have good working knowledge of thermal power plants design.

General professional experience

At least ten (10) years of experience in design and engineering including review/revision of design documents.

Specific professional experience

At least ten (10) years of international experience.

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has experience in similar positions in design and review/revision of design documents, in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects.

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has occupied similar posts as Design Review Manager on at least two similar CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects ≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

  1. Commissioning Manager

Qualifications and skills

A graduate mechanical/electrical engineer with twenty (20) or more years of professional experience in the energy sector.  He/she shall have good working knowledge of thermal power plants commissioning.

General professional experience

At least fifteen (15) years of experience in commissioning of plants and systems.

Specific professional experience

At least ten (10) years of international experience.

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has experience in similar positions in commissioning, in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects.

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has occupied similar posts as Commissioning Manager on at least two similar CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects ≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

 

The following experts are considered as Non-Key Experts:

  1. Process Engineer

Qualifications and skills

A graduate mechanical/process engineer with fifteen (15) or more years of professional experience in the field of power plant process engineering.

General professional experience

At least ten (10) years of international experience in design and engineering of water & steam cycle in CCGT or CHP projects.

Specific professional experience

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has knowledge of thermodynamic performance simulation software such as GT Pro, GT Master & other proprietary applications, experience in design and engineering of water & steam cycles, and occupied similar posts as Process Engineer in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

  1. Mechanical Engineer

 

Qualifications and skills

A graduate mechanical engineer with fifteen (15) or more years of professional experience in the field of mechanical engineering.

General professional experience

At least 10 years of international experience in design and engineering of mechanical equipment in CCGT or CHP projects.

Specific professional experience

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has experience in design and review of design documents of main mechanical equipment such as gas turbine, steam turbine, HRSG, other rotational equipment and piping and occupied similar posts as Mechanical Engineer in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

  1. Electrical Engineer

Qualifications and skills

A graduate electrical engineer with fifteen (15) or more years of professional experience in the field of electrical equipment engineering.

General professional experience

At least 10 years of international experience in design and engineering of electrical equipment in CCGT or CHP projects.

Specific professional experience

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has experience in design and review of design documents of main electrical equipment such as GIS switchgears (110kV or higher voltage level), generators and generator switchgears, excitation systems, power transformers, 35 kV switchgears, LV distribution, no-break supply systems etc, and occupied similar posts as Electrical Engineer in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

  1. I&C Engineer

Qualifications and skills

A graduate electrical engineer with fifteen (15) or more years of professional experience in the field of instrumentation and control systems engineering.

General professional experience

At least ten (10) years of international experience in design, configuring and commissioning of protection, control and monitoring systems in CCGT or CHP projects.

Specific professional experience

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has experience in design of executive project documents, configuring and commissioning of protection, control and monitoring system and occupied similar posts as I&C Engineer in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

  1. Civil Engineer

Qualifications and skills

A graduate civil engineer having at least fifteen (15) years of professional experience in the field of civil engineering.

General professional experience

At least ten (10) years of international experience in design and engineering of civil structures in CCGT or CHP projects.

Specific professional experience

He/she shall demonstrate that he/she has experience in design and review of design documents and occupied similar posts as Civil Engineer in at least two projects under conditions similar to those required in this Project – CCGT or CCGT-CHP projects≥ 90 MWe /(80 MWt) in the last fifteen years.

Home Office Support: The Project manager shall engage Home office support for any issues that cannot be resolved by its team at site. It is understood that the Owners Engineer has a pool of experts for various technical disciplines available at the Home office.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

  1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 4 pages).
  2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous ten years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives.
  3. CVs of Key Experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
  4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

 http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

One original and two numbered hard copies together with electronic copy on CD-Rom of the above information in English should be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked:

Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d.
Ulica grada Vukovara 37
10 000 Zagreb
Procurement department

 

“Expression of Interest for Owners Engineer – EL TO Zagreb Upgrade Project – Croatia” DO NOT OPEN  
 

The expression of interest shall reach the Client not later than the above closing date.

Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals.

The evaluation criteria are as follows:

  1. Experience of the consultant in similar assignments - 40%
  2. Qualifications and experience of the proposed team of experts in similar assignments - 50%
  3. Experience of the consultant in Croatia and/or the Central Europe region - 10%

Contact Details:

Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d.
Dedicated procurement administrator
owners@hep.hr

INTEGRATED LAND ADMIN SYSTEM - P122219

 | Published January 12, 2015
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Croatia Project: P122219 - Integrated Land Administration SystemProject Report Period: 01-Jan-2015 - 08-Jan-2015 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Geodetski zavod Celje d.o.o. Address: Ulica XIV divizije 10 Contract Signature Date: 05-Jan-2015 Method of Procurement: CQS- Selection Based On Consultant's Qualification Price: EUR 55,313.61 Duration: 4 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Consulting Services for the Study of theEstablishment of the National Integrated Utility Geo-Information System Infrastructure

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HRVATSKA BANKA ZA OBNOVU I RAZVITAK | Published September 5, 2016  -  Deadline August 6, 2016
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