2.15 (TD1) Payment terms seem to favour Primes rather than SMEs – in Phase 2 the delay in payment may result in 300k delay and in Phase 3 up to 800k before first payments are received especially as decision making process will lead to 30-day delay followed by 30-day payment terms. Would it not be more reasonable in view of the small numbers of contractors to do monthly payments based on deliverables/milestones being met as in other EU Funded Programmes?

There is no provision to amend, modify or in any way change the terms and conditions of the Call for Tenders. Since it is a public procurement process and the Call for Tender has been already published, all provisions will remain valid until the end of the whole process, i.e. until the end of the end of Phase III.