The 2010 Practical Guide (PRAG) is a working tool which explains the contract procedures applying to all EU external contracts financed by the EU general budget and by the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). An updated version of the guide has just been published. The principal changes include clarifications regarding applying and new eligibility regulations for the EDF. Updated basic regulations involve management modes, with changes to the rules on elaborating associated texts concerning indirect centralised management and common management, in addition to mentioning the possibility of using country procedures in decentralised management. Other essential points involve an explanation of conflicts of interests, the non-retroactivity and record keeping, explanations of joint procurement with a member state and ex-post publication of beneficiaries. New ethical clauses are also contained in the guide, with a clarification that the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) must be notified in case of suspected cases of fraud, corruption and other irregularities that involve EU funds. Clarifications were also included in regards to appeals, with reduced response times in case of appeals down to 45 days. The update also discusses grants, the new approach to co-financing and the characteristics of the standard grant contract (in addition to specifying the maximum amount and a maximum percentage of eligible costs, a percentage of total accepted costs can also be used. The chapter regarding relations with international organisations, member states, beneficiary counties and other donors regarding delegated cooperation and co-financing has been removed. The update can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/procedures/implementation/services. (YB1 – Paolo Magrone)
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