Procedures and rules

Procedures and rules

The procedures and rules regarding grant contracts are outlined in the general conditions and special conditions. These vary according to the source of money for the grant (EU budget or European Development Fund (EDF)) and the year.

The financial agreement models below show which conditions apply to your grant, depending on which source it comes from and which year the money is granted in. For projects and programmes implemented by means of partially decentralised management, consult the Practical Guide to procedures for programme estimates.

General Conditions - Annex E3h2

Special Conditions - Annex E3h1


Programme estimates (indirect management operations)


The Practical Guide to procedures for programme estimates explains the rules and procedures to be applied for projects and programmes implemented by means of partially decentralised management. The guide applies to activities where there is no verification that the beneficiary third country complies with all the criteria of decentralisation, as laid down in the Financial Regulations.


  • 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