08:47 Jun 30, 2018
Dutch to English translations [Non-PRO]
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Dutch term or phrase: speciale-sectorbedrijf
This is a term that pops up frequently in the Aanbestedingswet, which I'm working on at the moment.

It generally turns up in combination with "aanbestedende dienst" ("contracting authority", according to EU legislation)

I've found the following definition online:
"Een speciale sector bedrijf is een overheidsbedrijf of een bedrijf of instelling waaraan door de overheid een bijzonder recht of een uitsluitend recht is verleend. Speciale sector bedrijven zijn bijvoorbeeld aanbieders van vaste netten van gas of warmte, elektriciteit, drinkwater, openbaar vervoer, havens of postdiensten."

Does anyone have any suggestions an equivalent term in English?
Mark Cole
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Summary of answers provided
3 +1contracting entity
Kitty Brussaard
4public service provider
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refs (just some stuff I found)
Michael Beijer

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public service provider

I know this is not an exact equivalent, but it's a good approximation. In practice, it's a legal monopoly or semi-monopoly.
I don't think "special sector company" conveys a clear meaning.

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contracting entity

As per the official 'Self-declaration for public procurement procedures by contracting entities' form, aanbestedende dienst is indeed contracting authority and speciale-sectorbedrijf means / translates as contracting entity:

A contracting entity means:
a. a contracting authority,
b. a public undertaking,
c. an undertaking or entity that has been granted a special right or exclusive right by a contracting authority,
if that authority, that undertaking or that entity carries out activities referred to in Sections 3.1 to 3.6 of the Public Procurement Act (Aanbestedingswet), unless that activity is excluded from the application scope in Section 3.21 of the Public Procurement Act.

Aanbestedingswet 2012
Geldend van 01-07-2016 t/m heden

Wet van 1 november 2012, houdende nieuwe regels omtrent aanbestedingen (Aanbestedingswet 2012)

Deel 1. Algemene bepalingen

Hoofdstuk 1.1. Begripsbepalingen

Artikel 1.1
In deze wet en de daarop berustende bepalingen wordt verstaan onder:
a. een aanbestedende dienst,
b. een overheidsbedrijf,
c. een bedrijf of instelling waaraan door een aanbestedende dienst een bijzonder recht of een uitsluitend recht is verleend,
voorzover die dienst, dat bedrijf of die instelling een activiteit uitoefent als bedoeld in de artikelen 3.1 tot en met 3.6, tenzij de desbetreffende activiteit op grond van artikel 3.21 is uitgezonderd;

En zie voor artikelen 3.1 tot en met 3.6:

Deel 3. Speciale-sectoropdrachten en prijsvragen voor speciale-sectoropdrachten

Hoofdstuk 3.1. Reikwijdte

Afdeling 3.1.1. Toepassingsgebied

Note added at 5 hrs (2018-06-30 14:17:45 GMT)

See Michael's reference comment. On second thoughts, special-sector companies also seems to be a strong contender.

Note added at 8 hrs (2018-06-30 16:58:41 GMT)

Chapter 16

The key procurement legislation applicable in the Netherlands is all based on the European Union Procurement Directives and consists of the following:

a the Public Procurement Act (PPA);
b the Public Procurement Decree;
c the Works Procurement Regulations 2016;
d the Procurement Regulations for the Utilities Sectors 2013; and
e the Proportionality Guide.

The PPA applies to all national procurement procedures (...).
Part 3 is only applicable to procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (i.e., ‘utilities procurement’);

The main development in 2016 has been the amendment of the PPA and the related procurement legislation to implement the new EU Procurement Directives. This amendment entered into force on 1 July 2016. Some of the most important amendments include (...).

In addition, the European Single Procurement Document has replaced the Dutch self-declaration model despite initial objections by the government.
Part 3 of the PPA applies to contracting authorities and to other contracting entities, in as far they carry out the activities designated in Article 3.1–3.6 of the PPA in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (referred to collectively as ‘special sector companies’).
Part 2a of the PPA applies to both contracting authorities and special sector companies in as far as the award concerns a (works or services) concession.

As to the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), have a look at the relevant website (https://ec.europa.eu/tools/espd/filter?lang=nl) and, more specifically, at the distinction made between 'aanbestedende dienst' and 'aanbestedende entiteit', including the definition/explanation provided for each term in the small pop-up window.
Then compare this with the information provided in English: https://ec.europa.eu/tools/espd/filter?lang=en.

Note added at 11 hrs (2018-06-30 20:29:23 GMT)

And indeed, the source on which I based my answer may not be perfect, even though it's an official form (see Phil's comment) and, even more importantly, this form is no longer in use (i.e. replaced by the European Single Procurement Document, see my note above).

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agree  Lianne van de Ven
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Lianne. Have a nice weekend.

neutral  philgoddard: It may indeed also be a contracting entity, aanbestedende dienst, but this is not what the Dutch means. // But entity and authority are essentially the same thing. And just because it has the Dutch government's logo doesn't make it correct.
3 hrs
  -> Thanks for your comment, Phil. Note: 'contracting entity' (speciale-sectorbedrijf) and 'contracting authority' (aanbestedende dienst) - as used on this form (bearing the Dutch government's logo and published on tenderned.nl) - are different terms. / True.
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Reference comments

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Reference: refs (just some stuff I found)

Reference information:
A number of special sector companies subjected to the Aanbestedingswet 2012 have jointly taken ... (https://www.prorail.nl/sites/default/files/arn2016_procureme... )


"ARN 2013
Tendering Regulation for the Utilities Sectors


– The application of a generic and sufficiently flexible tendering regulation including rules for both European and
national tendering procedures helps the special-sector company to become more focussed and more professional
and creates legal security for interested market parties in advance;
– A number of the special-sector companies subject to the Aanbestedingswet 2012 (Tendering act 2012) have
collectively taken the initiative to produce this tendering regulation that can be used by any special-sector
Special-sector companies are therefore invited to use this regulation"

The Aanbestedingswet 2012 (Tendering act 2012) came into effect on 1 April 2013;
- With effect from this date, special-sector companies in the sectors of water and power supply, transport and
postal services, which have long been collectively known as ‘the utilities sectors’, are obliged to award contracts in
accordance with the provisions of the Aanbestedingswet 2012 (Tendering act 2012).

1 Designations, Definitions
In addition to the definitions in article 1.1 of the Aanbestedingswet 2012 (Tendering act 2012), the following designations and definitions apply:

Award criteria: The criteria, on the basis of which the special-sector company assesses the tenders and makes the award decision;

Tendering: The submission of the tender in the manner prescribed by the special-sector company;

Minimum requirements: The requirements to be imposed by the special-sector company, which candidates and tenderers must fulfil in order to be considered for the award of the contract or to be allowed to participate in a restricted procedure or a negotiated procedure;"

(https://en.lvnl.nl/media/2254/arn-en-version.pdf )


Richtlijn speciale sectoren =
(2004/17/EG) Special Sectors Directive

Besluit aanbestedingen speciale sectoren (Bass) =
(1 dec. 2005 tot 1 april 2013) Tendering (Special Sectors) Decree

Koninklijk besluit plaatsing overheidsopdrachten speciale sectoren =
(16 juli 2012) Royal Decree on the Award of Public Procurement Contracts in the Special Sectors

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agree  Lianne van de Ven
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  -> Thanks!
agree  Kitty Brussaard: Interesting refs! The term I found (contracting entity) is used on an official form but your refs also look very convincing.
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  -> Thanks!
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