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Parliamentary questions
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13 November 2018
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004646/2018

The European Investment Bank (EIB) was responsible for organising the selection procedure for appointing the fund manager of the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF) and decided to use a ‘call for expression of interest’.

While not constituting stricto sensu a ‘public procurement procedure’ falling within the scope of Directive 2014/24/EU, the call for expression of interest was conducted in line with the provisions of the ‘EIB guide for Procurement’ and published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 4 June 2016(1).

It is the Commission’s understanding that the decision to publish the call for expression of interest in the OJEU, although not mandatory, was voluntarily taken by the EIB in the interests of equal treatment, non-discrimination and transparency thereby respecting the fundamental EU principles of public procurement. In this way, the EIB ensured that the procedure was open to no fewer potential bidders and was therefore no less competitive than would have been the case had a ‘public procurement procedure’ falling within the scope of Directive 2014/24/EU been used.

At the same time, the use of this procedure provided the institutions with the opportunity to obtain the most favourable terms and conditions.

(1)Ref. 2016/S 107-189987.

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