The Council of Europe frequently issues calls for tender open to all, enabling any company to become a Council of Europe supplier.

However, tendering is subject to a number of prerequisites.  There are two main ways of becoming a Council of Europe supplier.

Prerequisites for becoming a Council of Europe supplier 

  1. Exclusion criteria common to all Council of Europe tenders. Any bidder or potential bidder will be excluded from participation in tenders if they:
    • have been sentenced by final judgment on one or more of the following charges: participation in a criminal organisation, corruption, fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing, terrorist offences or offences linked to terrorist activities, child labour or trafficking in human beings;
    • are in a situation of bankruptcy, liquidation, termination of activity, insolvency or arrangement with creditors or any like situation arising from a procedure of the same kind, or are subject to a procedure of the same kind;
    • have received a judgment with res judicata force, finding an offence that affects their professional integrity or serious professional misconduct;
    • do not comply with their obligations as regards payment of social security contributions, taxes and dues, according to the statutory provisions of their country of incorporation, residence or establishment;
    • are an entity created to circumvent tax, social or other legal obligations (empty shell company), have ever created or are in the process of creation of such an entity;
    • have been involved in mismanagement of the Council of Europe funds or public funds
    • are or appear to be in a situation of conflict of interest in relation to the tender procedure.
    • If the Tender is funded by European Funds: are or if their owner(s) or executive officer(s), in the case of legal persons, are included in the lists of persons or entities subject to restrictive measures applied by the European Union
  2. Eligibility criteria - Any bidder or potential bidder will be required to meet the eligibility criteria which vary according to the type of needs.

Steps towards becoming a Council of Europe supplier

1. Participate in a call for tenders issued by the Council of Europe and be selected by the buyer entity (on the basis of adjudication criteria which can be based on the price alone or, more usually, the price and the quality of the technical bid) - Tenders are published:

a) on the e-procurement (paperless solution tool). Click on this link and you will have access to all the necessary information

b) on the Council of Europe Web site (note: the Council deploys step-by-step E-procurement within all its Directorates - this is why some calls for tenders are not yet available on the platform)

2. Making oneself known to the different departments with procurement responsibilities at the Council of Europe by:

1. contacting the procurement department of the directorate concerned

2. sending a brochure or offer of services

3. requesting an appointment to present your company and its work to the Council of Europe