The rules for procurement executed by grant beneficiaries are established in the Annex IV. Procurement by Grant Beneficiaries in the context of European Union external actions to the standard Grant Contract.
As a general principle, if the implementation of an Action requires procurement by the Beneficiary, the contract must be awarded to the most economically advantageous tender (ie, 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 referred to above, expenditure on the operations in question is not eligible for Community financing.
Participation in tender procedures administered by the Beneficiary is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons of the ACP Member States, the EU States and other eligible states as indicated in Annex I: List of Eligible countries of the Guidelines.