Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs

Claims and disputes

The implementation of EU-financed external aid programmes and projects can give rise to disputes between the various actors involved.

Such disputes, if not amicably settled, can result in court actions against the Commission or against the beneficiary country.

These court actions can relate to contractual and non-contractual claims and disputes.

More on court actions

Complaints can also be brought before the European Ombudsman who investigates complaints about maladministration in EU institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies.

More on the role of the European Ombudsman

Financial Regulations

Financial Regulations set out the principles and procedures governing the EU budget and the European Development Fund (EDF).

EU budget – financial regulations

EDF – 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