Procedures for partner countries

Procedures for partner countries

With the signature of the financing agreement between the partner country and the EU represented by the Commission, the partner country agrees to the EU support as an expression of the development effectiveness principle of ownership. Therefore, signing a financing agreement is a good practice where the action is linked to a partner country. In certain cases, financing agreements are also signed with regional organisations of partner countries. Based on the financing agreement, the partner country may also become a direct recipient of funds (budget support) or it (or the regional organisation) may be involved in the implementation of the funds (indirect management).

The financing agreement is signed by the relevant geographical director for the Commission and, as a rule, by the representative of the partner country concerned.

A financing agreement is composed of:

- the special conditions (Annex E1a1 of the DEVCO Companion).

- Annex I containing the Technical Administrative Provisions for the implementation of the action, which describe the activities, the implementation modalities and the budget of the action

- Annex II (Annex E1a2 of the DEVCO Companion) containing the general conditions which set out the reciprocal obligations of the parties

The practical guide to procedures for programme estimates allows projects and programmes to be implemented through indirect management with the partner country or partner regional organisation

The practical guide to procedures for programme estimates allows projects and programmes to be implemented through partially decentralised financial management.








  • 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