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Action plan on promoting safe use of the Internet

Compilation of a list of potential evaluators
Notice of a call for expressions of interest

1. European Commission, Directorate-General XIII, Telecommunications, Information Market and Exploitation of Research, DGXIII/E information industry and market and language processing , L - 2920 Luxembourg, Tel. (+352) 4301.32400, Fax (+352) 4301. 33190.

2. Type: Call for expressions of interest for the provision of services involving assistance with the technical evaluation of proposals and the mid-term review of the proposed Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet. The proposed Action Plan (1) which is expected to be approved by the Council in May 1998, aims to combat the circulation of illegal and harmful material on the Internet through the creation of hotlines, self-regulation and content-monitoring schemes, the promotion of compatible and interoperable rating schemes and awareness measures.

Persons wishing to apply for inclusion on the list are invited to do so in accordance with the provisions of this notice.

The awarding authority will include on the list candidates meeting the criteria in point 8 below.

For each specific contract concluded for an evaluation task (see description in 3 (a)), the awarding authority will select candidates from this list in accordance with their skills, availability and other criteria enabling an appropriate functioning of the programme to be guaranteed (e.g. by ensuring an adequate combination of experience and new competences).

The list resulting from this notice will be used exclusively for evaluating proposals and for the mid-term review of the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet.

3. a) Description of the tasks involved:

1. Technical assistance with evaluating proposals submitted in response to the calls for proposals put out within the context of the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet.

The evaluators will judge the proposals on the basis of the evaluation criteria specified in the calls and in the information dossiers accompanying these calls. The evaluation will be carried out on a strictly confidential basis and the Commission will not give proposers information on the evaluators involved in judging their proposal.

2. Technical assistance in the review of projects supported under the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet. Such reviews may be required in order to verify the achievements of such projects and assess the extent to which the programme objectives have been attained. They are carried out by independent experts chosen on the basis of their widely recognised experience and competence.

3. Technical assistance to Commission officials in the context of the mid-term review of the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet.

A limited number of independent senior experts will be required to review and evaluate the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet at mid-term. These evaluators will be required to examine the performance of the plan with reference to its formal objectives, evaluating the impact of the various initiatives and providing proposals for adjusting the orientation of the plan.

The above mentioned tasks concern the fields referred to in the work programmes of the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet.

b) Type of contracts : The contracts in the fields mentioned in 3 (a) will be awarded individually on the basis of standard task contracts concluded either with natural persons at a daily rate of 250 ECU or with legal entities at a daily rate of 450 ECU (2) . Travelling and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the Commission's standard regulations.

The awarding authority will select competent candidates from the list of experts drawn up on the basis of this call. The selection will be based on the technical skills required and other criteria relating to satisfactory management of the programmes.

4. Place of provision of services: Luxembourg and/or Brussels, as a rule. If necessary visits to specific sites may be envisaged.

5. Applications relating to this call for expressions of interest can be sent during three years from the date of publication. The list resulting from the call for expressions of interest will remain valid three years from the date of publication of the call, subject to the approval by Council of the programme as proposed.

A first selection for admission to the list will be made on the basis of applications received by 30 June 1998 at the latest and on the basis of criteria referred to in point 8. Updates will be carried out periodically by the Commission.

6. Any natural person or legal entity on the list resulting from this call for expressions of interest may be awarded a contract.

7. a) Address to which the expressions of interest must be sent :

European Commission,
"Internet Programme Evaluators",
rue Alcide de Gasperi,
L-2920 Luxembourg - EUFO Bureau 1179;
facsimile +352 4301 33190;
electronic mail:

b) The persons meeting the conditions in point 8 and wishing to apply express their interest in writing and send it to the above-mentioned address within the time limits in 5 of this call and clearly specify the following data:

  • name, Christian name and, for companies, full corporate name,
  • full address,
  • telephone and facsimile numbers,
  • electronic address.

The awarding authority will send an information dossier, comprising all the necessary information for submitting applications, to all interested persons.

Alternatively, they may consult the information dossier online via the Internet address:  and submit their application online.

The awarding authority will notify each candidate of the result of their application.

8. Conditions required for applications to be considered : The conditions required for considering applications stipulate, in particular, that candidates must:

  • be a citizen of a Member State of the European Union,
  • have a university degree or a professional qualification in a relevant subject,
  • provide evidence of their qualifications as a recognised expert, with at least ten years professional experience, in one or more of the themes addressed or activities to be undertaken by the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet.
  • indicate any possible implication in future proposals or ongoing projects of the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet, in order to avoid any conflict of interests,
  • have access to electronic message system facilities.

The information dossier available to all potential candidates will set out in detail the selection criteria as well as all conditions required and forms to be filled in enabling applications to be evaluated. (3)

9. Other information : The work programmes of the Action Plan on Promoting Safe Use of the Internet as well as the information dossier mentioned in point 8 are available on the Internet ( )

Any additional information may be obtained from the address in 7 (a).

10 Date of dispatch of this notice to the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities:

11 Date of receipt of this notice by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities:

(1) COM(97)582

(2) The daily rates mentioned are those currently in force for this type of contract. The Commission reserves the right to adapt them as necessary.

(3) Download the Information package

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