Procedures and practical guide (PRAG)

Procedures and practical guide (PRAG)

The procurement procedure for each category of contract is different. Within each category, procedures also vary according to the value of the contract. Contract rules and procedures also depend on the source of the money (EU budget or European Development Fund – EDF) and the year.

Basic rules

Learn more about the basic rules for contracts in the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions (PRAG):

Procurement procedures

Learn more about the procurement procedures for each contract category in the PRAG:

Contract rules – EU budget

Learn more about the rules and procedures for contracts financed from the EU budget:

Contract rules – EDF

Learn more about the rules and procedures for contracts financed from the EDF:




  • 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