With the introduction in 2009 of an independent procurement review mechanism in ESA's Procurement Regulations, Member States, together with the Director General, have once more reemphasised the importance that ESA brings to the carrying out of its procurements in line with 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.
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 within the frame of “Best Practices”, has been extended, with the introduction of the procurement review procedure, to the resolution of claims 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 ESA’s Ombudsmen will expire end 2018. In this respect, ESA in collaboration with its Member States and industry is seeking high-profile candidates for the position of the ESA’s official Ombudsman and his/her alternate as described in the Announcement of Opportunity.
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