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Preparation of the initial economic and social cohesion report

The European Commission, DG XVI, has published an invitation to tender for the preparation of the initial economic and social cohesion report.

Article 130b of the Maastricht Treaty requires the Commission to produce a report "on the progress made towards economic and social cohesion and on the manner in which the various means provided for in this Article have contributed to it". The report "shall, if necessary, be accompanied by appropriate proposals".

Aided by independent experts, the Commission intends conducting an in-depth study with a view to preparing the report. This study will be divided into three lots. Candidates may tender for one, two or all of the lots:

- Study area 1: Contribution to the economic and social cohesion and the convergence process of major policies of the Member States. The study will consider the impact of budgetary transfers, regional and sectoral policies (distribution of major infrastructures, localization of public administrations, etc.) on regional cohesion within the Member States and their effects on cohesion at the Community level;

- Study area 2: Studies on the contribution to economic and social cohesion and the convergence process of different Community policies, particularly in the following areas:

. Social and employment policies, including human resource development;
. Agriculture and fisheries;
. Transport, telecommunications and energy (including trans-European networks (TENs));
. Environment;
. Competition and State aids;
. Industrial policy and enterprises including SMEs;
. Research and development;
. External policy.

The work will mainly consist of an original contribution to the analysis of different domains, which will include the organization and exploitation of primary data held by the Commission (e.g. on Community expenditures);

- Study area 3: Potential applicant countries. A series of country studies examining the situation (economic, social, political and administrative) and prospects of these countries and the likely impact of their accession on cohesion. The countries concerned are Cyprus, Malta, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

For each of the abovementioned lots, the tenderer may put forward a group of experts able to perform these services, and who must combine the following qualities:

- Sound references in methodological consultancy;
- Expertise in various fields;
- Membership of various international networks;
- Experience in methodological works within the context of Community policies;
- Specialization on a multinational and multidisciplinary basis;
- Scientific renown (publications being authoritative).

The final drafts of the studies should be presented progressively to the Commission during the course of 1995. A comprehensive set of empirical and other results of sufficient quality and robustness, together with the conclusions to be drawn from them, must be available by end-September for inclusion in the cohesion report in the form of an interim report.

The draft final report must be available by end-September 1995. Finalization, editing and, if appropriate, publication should occur during the first half of 1996. The final report should be transmitted to the Commission before 31 March 1996.
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