Call for Tender - ESPON Cartographic Language

The main purpose of this procedure is to contract a service provider to propose and develop a unique and innovative ESPON Cartographic Language which can (1) be used for cartographic and graphic representations of (in particular) European territorial structures, trends, perspectives, policy impacts and policy priorities and (2) be useful and used as a practical guide for cartography related to ESPON.

The report on Innovative Visualisation and Cartographic Language available on the ESPON web site (link) should serve as inspiration and reference for the service provider. Recent computer technology and software development that offers new options for displaying results as maps or cartographic illustrations should also be explored. This should be considered in display of current policy thinking around European territorial development and cohesion in a modernized and innovative cartographic language.

The new cartographic language proposed is meant to contribute to the improvement of the cartographic tool box available for the ESPON 2013 Programme and its use for policy development, strategy formulation and planning by policymakers, scientists, practitioners and interested public.

The services requested are further explained in the technical and administrative terms and conditions.


The maximum available budget for this contract is € 75.000 inclusive of all taxes (incl. VAT) and, if applicable, of travel and accommodation related to the participation to the envisaged meetings and delivery costs.

How to submit an offer

Specifications and additional documents (technical and administrative terms and conditions, annexes) can be obtained by sending a request via email to [email protected] mentioning as subject “Call for tender: ESPON Cartographic Language”.

Deadline for requesting the documentation is: 19 July 2012.

Deadline for the receipt of tenders: 27 July 2012 at 14h00.

More information

For questions concerning this tender, please refer to section 2.9 “Further Information” of the Terms of Reference. The contracting authority may provide additional information solely for the purpose of clarifying the nature of the contract. Any request for additional information must be made in writing by email to the following address: [email protected].

You can find below the most updated list of questions and answers.

The tender notice will also be published at the online version of the “Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union”, dedicated to European public procurement TED (Tenders Electronic Daily), and at the “Portail des Marchés Publics” of Luxembourg (, notice 12/40884.


Q&A Version 18 July 2012

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