The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union
For its effective organisation and proper functioning, the Office needs continuously to purchase goods and services through procurement procedures which comply with the Council Regulation n. 966/2012 applicable to the general budget of the European Communities and its Implementing Rules (Commission Regulation 1268/2002), and their following amendments.
Procurement is a structured procedure designed to consult the market for the purchase of goods, services or works. It leads to the conclusion of public contracts, including framework contracts.
Offers submitted in the context of a procurement procedure are called "tenders". An economic operator who has submitted a tender is referred to as a "tenderer". "Calls for expressions of interest" (CEI) are a method for establishing lists of potential suppliers, who may be invited to future tendering procedures.
The Office runs an environmental management system (EMAS) and aims to minimise the environmental impact of all its activities, including those carried out under contracts. The successful tenderer will, therefore, be requested to consider the Office’s environmental guidelines in their work, in particular those relating to paper and energy consumption (see OHIM environment policy document annexed to the tender documentation). In accordance with its policy, the Office recommends the application, as much as possible, of the Regulation (EC) no 761/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2001 allowing voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme for all goods and services requested by the Office (see OHIM environment policy).