EU development funding & legislation

EU development funding & legislation

The general EU budget covers all EU development funding except finance for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries provided under the European Development Fund (EDF).

Development funding from the EU budget forms part of the EU's external action. The budget’s spending priorities include activities contributing to a coherent role for Europe on the global stage.

Funding is delivered through geographic and thematic instruments.

More on funding instruments

FINANCIAL REGULATIONS

The Financial Regulation sets out the budgetary principles and financial rules governing the establishment and implementation of the EU budget, and therefore also applicable to development funding.

LEGAL BASES of INSTRUMENTS

BUDGET 2014-2020

Instrument – More Information

Legal Source – PDF in English

Legal Source – Link to Official Journal / Choose your own language

Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance

IPA

IPA

European Neighbourhood Instrument

ENI

ENI

Development Cooperation Instrument

DCI

DCI

Partnership Instrument

PI

PI

Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace

IcSP

IcSP

European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights

EIDHR

EIDHR

Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation

INSC

INSC

Instrument for Greenland

IfG

IfG

European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) Regulation EFSD EFSD

CONTRACTING PROCEDURES and PRAG

As described above, the financing of external actions is governed by the relevant basic acts (i.e. the regulations setting up the DCI, ENI, IPA II, or EIDHR programmes for actions financed from the EU budget, and the Cotonou Agreement for actions financed from the EDF) the applicable Financial Regulation and the common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for Financing External Action (CIR). For the contracting procedures applying to all EU external actions financed from the EU general budget (the EU budget) and the European Development Fund (EDF) a Practical Guide (PRAG) was developed by the European Commission. PRAG is used by the Directorates General and Commission Services in charge of the instruments financing and implementing external actions, mainly DG DEVCO, DG NEAR or the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI).

Compared to the previous set of rules, a major change concerns the rules on nationality and origin reflected in both the Common Implementing Rules and Annex IV of the Cotonou Agreement. The eligibility rules applicable to the EDF have been aligned as much as possible with those of the EU budget.

PRAG provides users with the comprehensive information necessary to undertake procurement or grant procedures from the very first steps to the award, signature and implementation of contracts. The annexes cover both the award phase and the execution of contracts. PRAG outlines the contracting procedures to be used in direct management and indirect management with ex-ante approval or with ex-post controls by the European Commission. Although the procurement and grant award procedures applicable to the EU budget, to the 10th and the 11th EDF are quite similar, some remaining differences are featured in PRAG and its annexes.

TOOLS

  • The Practical Guide explains contracting procedures for EU external aid contracts financed by the EU general budget (Budget) and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

    Consult PRAG

  • E-learning course on the Practical Guide. Do you want to know more about EU external action procedures? See our self-learning distance course on contractual procedures.

    e-Learning PRAG

  • e-Calls PROSPECT is the electronic system developed by EuropeAid to facilitate the submission of applications for call for proposals.

    e-Calls PROSPECT

  • Potential Applicant Data Online Registration database contains information on organisations applying for European Commission grants in the field of external assistance.

    e-Calls PADOR

  • Delegated Cooperation, Cooperation with partner countries and with international organisations, Co-financing and Management Modes.

    Consult DEVCO-Companion