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.