Set up in 2012, the Scientific Advisory Board:
provides Commissioner Piebalgs advice on a broad range of issues, particularly the Agenda for Change priorities
helps the Commission to more effectively link research to policy formulation & implementation
is made up of 8 development experts from different countries who meet a couple of times a year to discuss key policy topics
The EU is the leading global donor and as such contributes towards the UN's 8 Millennium¬†Development Goals¬†(MDGs), to be achieved between 2000 and 2015.
Interactive feature (EU contribution to MDGs 2013 = MDGs brochure 2013¬†+ MDGs-UN progress update)
EU action on MDGs
The EU continues to take a number of measures to speed up progress on the MDGs and refocus its strategy, including:
This is a longer-term, more predictable form of general budget support, focusing on MDG-related results, with the following features:
Countries with MDG Contracts
The EU is working on its contribution to the UN's development framework for after 2015.
Security and the fight against drugs trafficking are major challenges for the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).The EU is committed to tackling both issues through two multi-annual regional programmes: the ‚ÄėBorder Management Programme in Central Asia‚Äô (BOMCA), which is supporting the modernisation ¬†and reform of border management in the five Central Asian states; and the ‚ÄėCentral Asia Drug Action Programme‚Äô (CADAP), which is assisting Central Asian countries in their policies and measures aimed at reducing the demand for ille
The EU‚Äôs Regional Strategy Paper for Assistance to Central Asia 2007-13 identifies higher education as a strategic sector for development cooperation.¬† It plays a key role in economic growth and poverty eradication.
The EU‚Äôs external energy needs are growing. Central Asia is well-placed to meet this demand ‚Äď it has significant hydrocarbon resources and is geographically close to Europe. The EU‚Äôs ‚ÄėRegional Strategy Paper for Assistance to Central Asia for the period 2007-13 identifies energy as one of the key sectors of cooperation with Central Asia. The challenge is to develop a mutually beneficial EU-Central Asia dialogue between energy producers, transit countries and consumers at both bilateral and regional levels.¬†
The EU is committed to helping Central Asia protect its environment. The EU‚Äôs¬† Regional Strategy Paper for assistance to Central Asia (2007-13) identifies the environment as a priority. Two EU-funded programmes, ‚ÄėPromoting Integrated Water Resources Management and Fostering Transboundary Dialogue in Central Asia‚Äô and the ‚ÄėRegional Environmental Programme for Central Asia‚Äô (EURECA) are strengthening regional cooperation in the sector.¬†
EU support to the private sector in Central Asia - under the Central Asia Invest Programme - is stimulating economic growth and reducing poverty. The development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is a cooperation priority under the ‚ÄėRegional Strategy Paper for Central Asia‚Äô (2007-13).
TRACECA is an ambitious interstate programme aimed at supporting the political and economic development in Black Sea Region, Caucasus and Central Asia by means of improvement of the international transport.
The regional EU-assistance in transport benefitting our eastern neighbours is channelled under the TRACECA-programme, an acronym referring to Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia. ¬†This EU programme was launched in 1993 to develop a transport corridor from Europe to China, via the Black Sea, the Caucasus, the Caspian Sea and Central Asia.
The EU is helping African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to put their public finances on a firmer footing. Sound public finances are considered essential for successful implementation of EU development policies and effective use of funding.¬†
The EU is providing support to improve capacities in ACP countries in the fields of science, technology and innovation ‚Äď all of which contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Private sector development¬†promotes a solid legal framework in which enterprises can operate. It also contributes to macroeconomic stability, stimulates regional markets and creates a favourable investment climate. The EU both helps African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to implement economic reforms and assisting the development of their small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The general EU budget covers all EU development funding except finance for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries provided under the European Development Fund (EDF).
Development funding from the EU budget forms part of the EU's external action. The budget‚Äôs spending priorities include activities contributing to a coherent role for Europe on the global stage.
Funding is delivered through geographic and thematic instruments.
The Financial Regulation sets out the budgetary principles and financial rules governing the establishment and implementation of the EU budget, and therefore also applicable to development funding.
Separate Regulations / Council Decisions:
Instrument ‚Äď More Information
Legal Source ‚Äď PDF in English
Legal Source ‚Äď Link to Official Journal / Choose your own language
Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance
European Neighbourhood Instrument
Development Cooperation Instrument
Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace
European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights
Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation
Instrument for Greenland
CONTRACTING PROCEDURES and PRAG
As described above, the financing of external actions is governed by the relevant basic acts (i.e. the regulations setting up the DCI, ENI, IPA II, or EIDHR programmes for actions financed from the EU budget, and the Cotonou Agreement for actions financed from the EDF) the applicable Financial Regulation and the common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for Financing External Action (CIR). For the contracting procedures applying to all EU external actions financed from the EU general budget (the EU budget) and the European Development Fund (EDF) a Practical Guide (PRAG) was developed by the European Commission. PRAG is used by the Directorates General and Commission Services in charge of the instruments financing and implementing external actions, mainly DG DEVCO, DG NEAR or the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI).
Compared to the previous set of rules, a major change concerns the rules on nationality and origin reflected in both the Common Implementing Rules and Annex IV of the Cotonou Agreement. The eligibility rules applicable to the EDF have been aligned as much as possible with those of the EU budget.
PRAG provides users with the comprehensive information necessary to undertake procurement or grant procedures from the very first steps to the award, signature and implementation of contracts. The annexes cover both the award phase and the execution of contracts. PRAG outlines the contracting procedures to be used in direct management and indirect management with ex-ante approval or with ex-post controls by the European Commission. Although the procurement and grant award procedures applicable to the EU budget, to the 10th and the 11th EDF are quite similar, some remaining differences are featured in PRAG and its annexes.
Through a contract, a Contracting Authority receives the product, service or works it requires in return for payment. Contracts are divided into three categories:¬†¬†
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 main conditions of eligibility for access to EU external assistance (including EDF) concern nationality and origin.¬† These conditions are usually laid down in the basic acts governing the assistance. When there is no basic act, the eligibility rules are those laid down in the Financial Regulations,¬† and the Rules of Application of the Financial Regulations.
Rules on nationality and origin
The general rules on nationality and origin, as well as other eligibility criteria are listed in the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions (PRAG). While, the corresponding rules on nationality and origin for each basic act are listed in Annex 2 of the guide.
Access to EU external assistance is generally open to all natural persons who are nationals of, or legal persons established in:
These procedures are also open to international organisations.
Origin of goods
The rule of origin states that ‚Äėall goods (supplies and materials) purchased under a contract financed under an EU instrument, including the EDF, must originate from the EU or from an eligible country.‚Äô
For more details on the rule of origin (including exceptions, definitions of nationality and origin, scope and proof required), as well as on the nationality rule, please visit the general rules on nationality and origin, within the PRAG. ¬†
When considering the question of eligibility, it may also be useful to refer to the following sections within the PRAG:
The European Commission is committed to guarantee full transparency regarding how we fund our beneficiaries. See Art. 35 of the Financial Regulation.What is a beneficiary or recipient of EU funds?
In this context, the term "recipient of European Union funds" refers to the legal person¬†who signs a grant contract or a procurement contract (i.e. the grant beneficiary and/or contractor) with an "entity managing EU funds".
Depending on the management mode this entity may be the European Commission, a partner country, an international organisation, or a Commission executive agency or an EU Member State national agency.
Implementing partners of such entities, identified as such in the relevant financing / contribution / delegation agreements to act as intermediaries for a substantial part of the action, are also considered as "entities managing EU funds". This applies whether the action is fully or partially financed by the European Commission.
Subcontractors or suppliers as well as partners/consortia members of the "recipients of EU funds" are not concerned. In the case of budget support the "recipient of EU funds" is directly the beneficiary country's Treasury.
Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that information available on-line exactly reproduces the facts. In line with the Financial Regulations certain contracts are not published where it is deemed that this could harm the security of the contractors/grantees or their business interest.
Privacy and security issues
Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that information available on-line exactly reproduces the facts. In line with the Financial Regulations, certain contracts are not published where it is deemed that this could harm the security of the contractors/grantees or their business interest. The European Union is committed to user privacy.
DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid publishes information on recipients for the following management modes:
Direct¬†management: ¬†The recipients of funds for these contracts are published exclusively through the Financial Transparency System (FTS) managed by the Directorate-General for Budget as from the financial year 2012 (NB: please select DEVCO as ‚Äúresponsible department‚ÄĚ in the search engine).¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Indirect¬†management with partner countries: all contracts awarded by partner countries under indirect management and for which payments are done directly by the European Commission (i.e. contracts above the thresholds for Programme Estimates) can be found on EuropeAid specific page for recipients of decentralised contracts.
Indirect management¬†with international organisations and with EU member states agencies: The European Commission (EC) contributes to a project implemented by an international organisation or a EU member state agency which is responsible for the award of grants and procurement contracts on the basis its own procedures. The EC verifies the appropriate use of the funds and is in regular contact with the concerned international organisations to ensure that the publication of recipients of funds is properly addressed by these organisations. In addition, a summary of contracts awarded is provided below for international organisations.
International organisations beneficiaries:
A¬†Grant or Call for¬†proposals¬†is a public invitation by the Contracting Authority, addressed to clearly identified categories of applicants, to propose operations within the framework of a specific EU programme.
Grants are direct financial contributions from the EU budget or from the European Development Fund. They are awarded as donations to third parties that are engaged in external aid activities. The Contracting Authority awards grants that are used to implement projects or activities that relate to the EU‚Äôs external aid programmes.
Grants fall into two categories:
Grants are based on the reimbursement of the eligible costs, in other words, costs effectively incurred by the beneficiaries that are deemed necessary for carrying out the activities in question. The results of the action remain the property of the beneficiaries.
Grants are subject to a written agreement signed by the two parties and, as a general rule, require co-financing by the grant beneficiary. Since grants cover a very diverse range of fields, the specific conditions that need to be fulfilled may vary from one area of activity to another.
Learn more about grants, grant applications, project proposals, eligible costs, project phases and project evaluations.
See the latest calls for proposals.