CONCORD, through its Funding for Development and Relief (FDR) working group, has compiled a Reader on the 2010 Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions (March 2011 update). This Reader serves as an important tool for NGOs and EU officials to interpret the complex rules of the European Commission in the area of contractural issues concerning the implementation of grant contracts.

While the core report has been formally endorsed by EuropeAid’s unit R3 (Legal Affairs) in May 2012, the annexes haven’t and are indicative. By providing a clear explanation on all articles in the 2010 Practical Guide (March 2011 update), the Reader should serve as a concrete instrument that should help CONCORD members and other NGOs to better address different contractural 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.

The previous editions of the Reader (2003 and 2007) have proved to be very useful for various stakeholders. It has been highly appreciated by the wider NGO community, and also by the European Commission staff, both in the EU Delegations in the field and in Brussels.