With the introduction in 2009 of a procurement review mechanism in ESA's Procurement Regulations, Member States together with the Director General have once more reemphasised the importance for ESA to carry out its procurements within the prevailing principles of transparency, impartiality and non-discrimination.
Central to an independent monitoring of these principles is the role of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman and his alternate.
The Ombudsman’s role, initially limited to the resolution of matters arising between industries in the pre-contractual phase of procurements carried out by prime contractors in the frame of “Best practices” has been extended, with the introduction of the procurement review procedure, to the resolution of claim alleging procedural breach of the Procurement Regulations by the Agency itself.
More recently the Terms and reference of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman have been updated, allowing the Ombudsman to participate in mediation and arbitration of disputes under Framework Supply Agreements between industrial parties and required by competition law in one or several of the ESA Member States.
The current mandate of the Alternate of the ESA’s Ombudsman will expire at the end of June 2019. In this respect, ESA in collaboration with its Member States and industry is seeking high-profile candidates for the position of Alternate of the ESA’s official Ombudsman as described in the Announcement of Opportunity. Please apply by 12 April.
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