Call for tenders for service contracts

Calls for tenders are procedures applied to generate offers from companies competing for works, supply or service contracts in the framework of public procurement.

The Commission uses public contracts to buy services, e.g. studies, technical assistance and training; consultancy, conference and publicity services. The providers are selected via calls for tender, which are issued by the Commission departments, offices and agencies around Europe as well as by EU Delegations to third Countries. Participation in call for tenders is open to all economic operators registered in the Register of Companies of EU Member States and to all European citizens. Also, economic operators of non EU Member States are eligible for participation, whenever those States have signed a special agreement with the EU in the field of public procurement.

Calls for tenders differ from call for proposals, even though both are procedures the Commission uses to award funding. Indeed, calls for proposal lead to the attribution of grants while calls for tenders lead to the conclusion of public contracts. In the case of a contract, the Commission – or any other Contracting Authority – receives the service they requested in return for payment. In the case of a grant, the Commission makes a contribution either to a project carried out by an external organisation or directly to that organisation because its activities contribute to Union's policy aims.

Calls for tenders, contract awards notices and pre-information notices can be found online on Tender Electronic Daily (TED), the electronic version of the supplement S to the Official Journal of the European Union. However, the information available is not always easily accessible and understandable. This is the reason why we would like to gather in this web pace a number of useful documents as well as links to websites that offer specific information on call for tenders to interested stakeholders.

Useful documents:

Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the Union and its rules of application

Common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action uments

PRAG Practical Guide to contracting procedures (tender and grants) applying to all EU external actions financed from the EU general budget (the EU budget) and the European Development Fund (EDF)


Useful links

EU calls for tenders: EU Institutions calls for tenders database

Tenders Electronic Daily: database of calls for tenders in the entire European Union at all level of government

DG Decvo publications website: database of all contract procedures (tenders and grants) carried out under the EU external actions instruments