What are contracts?

What are contracts?

Through a contract, a Contracting Authority receives the product, service or works it requires in return for payment. Contracts are divided into three categories:  

  • Services – technical assistance and studies;
  • Supplies – equipment and materials; and
  • Works – infrastructure and other engineering works. 

The standard procedures which apply vary depending on which category of contract you have, and what the monetary value of that contract is.


Visit the calls for tenders to see the latest contract opportunities and read Which procurement procedure to apply? in the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions to learn more about contracts.



  • 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