Find here the 2012 Reader on the 2010 Practical guide to contract procedures for EU external actions. This report is based on the March 2011 update of EuropeAid’s 2010 Practical Guide (PRAG) for external actions1. It was compiled in 2012 by the CONCORD « Funding for Development and Relief » (FDR) working group (subgroup on Financial Regulation) through regular meetings with Mr. Laurent Sarazin’s unit R3 – Legal Affairs – within the European Commission’s Development and Cooperation Office EuropeAid – DEVCO.
While the core report has been formally endorsed by EuropeAid’s unit R3 in May 2012, the annexes haven’t and are indicative.
The Reader is an important tool for NGOs and EU officials to interpret the complex rules of the European Commission. Indeed, it provides a clear explanation on all articles in the 2010 Practical Guide (March 2011 update). The Reader is conceived as a concrete instrument that should help CONCORD members and other NGOs to better address different contractual issues concerning the implementation of grant contracts. Meanwhile, we remind you that the final interpretation of the rules always falls within the mandate of the European Commission and EU Delegations.