Service contracts shall comprise study and technical assistance contracts. Service contracts are sometimes used to draw on outside know-how.
A study contract is a service contract concluded between a service provider and the Contracting Authority, which includes studies for the identification and preparation of projects, feasibility studies, economic and market studies, technical studies and audits.
A Technical assistance contract is a service contract where a service provider is called on to play an advisory role, to manage or supervise a project, or to provide the experts specified in the contract.
The service contracts should be decentralised: they are concluded by the beneficiary country, under a financing agreement with the European Commission.