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7.1. Legal framework for procurement procedures

Programmes funded by the EU budget: The following legal framework applies to contracts for services, supplies and works financed by the EU budget, concluded in the course of the European Union cooperation with third countries and awarded by a contracting authority of the beneficiary country, or by the European Commission for and on behalf of the beneficiary:

  • Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities (and in particular Chapter III of Title IV of Part Two, which concerns special provisions on procurement in external action), as amended by Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1995/2006 of 13 December 2006;

  • Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/2002 of 23 December 2002 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of the abovementioned Financial Regulation, (and in particular Chapter III of Title III of Part Two, which concerns special provisions on procurement in external action), as amended by:

  • Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1261/2005 of 20 July 2005;

  • Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1248/2006 of 7 August 2006;

  • Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 478/2007 of 23 April 2007;

  • The Regulations56 and other specific basic acts relating to the various cooperation programmes.

The following are also applicable:

  • The Framework Agreement signed by the European Union and the beneficiary country concerned, if such an agreement exists. This agreement contains the rules for administrative cooperation between the two bodies for the implementation of external aid.

  • The Financing Agreement signed by the European Union and the beneficiary country concerned for each EU-funded programme. This sets out the programme objectives and budget.

  • This Practical Guide together with the standard documents and templates in the annexes to it.


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Such as Regulation (EC) No 450/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council 23 April 2008 laying down the Community Customs Code (Modernised Customs Code), which lays down the rules regarding the origin of products.



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