B-Brussels: production of studies linked to the eLearning initiative 2002/S 90-070511

Prior information notice for a public service contract.Name and address of the contracting authority: European Commission, Education and Culture DG (Unit C4), rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B- 1049 Bruxelles / Brussel. Tel.: (32-2) 295 63 46. Telex: COMEU B21877. Fax: (32-2) 296 69 92. Telegraph.: COMEUR Bruxelles.

Intended total procurement: – The planned contract will be divided into several lots. – The total contract value for all the lots added together will be 400 000 EUR-600 000 EUR. This figure is given for information only.

Estimated date for initiating the open procedure: Second half of 2002. NB: This date is not binding on the contracting authority. The tender documents and other documents will not be sent out until after the date on which the contract notice is published.

Subject of the contract: On 28 March 2001 the European Commission adopted the action plan 'eLearning, designing tomorrow's education' which forms part of the overall eEurope action plan. This initiative is intended to mobilize the education and cultural sectors, as well as Europe's economic and social players, into speeding up the rate at which education and training systems are being adapted to the knowledge-based society and the digital culture. The contract involves carrying out analysis, evaluation, comparative, feasibility or follow-up studies on themes from those areas the eLearning action plan has defined as being intervention areas (COM (2001) 172 final – 28.3.2001). In particular these studies will look at the competitive nature of the European educational multimedia sectors and at eLearning's resources and the impact it has in the vocational training fields and/or on cross-sectoral issues in the context of lifelong learning.NB: Tenderers can submit a tender for one or more of the lots involved in the contract.

Date of dispatch of this notice: 29.4.2002.

Date of receipt by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities: 29.4.2002.

The procurement is covered by the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) signed within the framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).