What are framework contracts?

What are framework contracts?

Horizontal framework contracts are put in place by EuropeAid Cooperation Office to facilitate the implementation of the external aid. General information and guidelines on various framework contracts, information on the framework contractors per lot and standard documents can be found below.

Framework contracts are empty shells with no financial value in themselves. Only specific contracts based on framework contracts are preceded by a budgetary commitment.

EuropeAid has put in place some multiple (i.e. with several providers) framework contracts with reopening of competition in order to facilitate the implementation of the External Aid.

The main on-going framework contracts are the following:

Beneficiaries 2013

The framework contract BENEF 2013 provides short-term technical assistance assignments covering the entire range of project cycle operations (with the exception of programmes financial audits) in the exclusive interest of the beneficiary countries or in the interest of the European Commission together with third countries.

Commission 2015

The Framework Contract COM 2015 is an instrument for recruiting expertise / logistics within 3 lots for activities in the interest of the European Commission.

Audit 2014

The Audit Framework Contract 2014 provides services by professional firms for auditing programmes and projects of external aid for development financed by the EDF and the EU Budget. The audits can also cover contributions of the EU to international organisations in the context of development aid.

Commission 2011 (closed)

The framework contract FWC COM 2011 was valid from 15/01/2011 to 31/12/2015. It is no longer possible and authorised to sign specific contracts under FWC COM 2011.


  • PRAG

    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


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



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



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

    Consult DEVCO-Companion