3.20 Which procedures shall be followed by the Applicant and partners when the purchase of equipment, services or infrastructures is necessary to carry out some project activities? Published 2011/06/29

If the implementation of the project requires procurement by the Beneficiary or the partners to purchase equipment, services or works, the rules set by Annex IV “Procurement by grant Beneficiaries in the context of European Union external actions” must be applied. As general principles, the contract must be awarded to the most economically advantageous tender (i.e., the tender offering the best price-quality ratio), in accordance with the principles of transparency and fair competition for potential contractors and taking care to avoid any conflicts of interest. In the event of failure to comply with the rules set out in annex IV, expenditure on the operations in question is not eligible for Community financing.