European Union External Action

Administrative information on tenders

The European External Action Service (EEAS) including the EU Delegations are subject to the provisions of the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the EU, its Rules of Application, and the EU directives relating to the coordination of procedures for the award of public contracts.

Contracts for the purchase of goods, services and works above EUR 1.000 are subject to a call for tenders. Depending on the estimated contract value, there are the following categories of contracts:

  • Very low-value contracts: works, services and supplies contracts between EUR 1.000 and EUR 15.000;
  • Low-value contracts: works, services and supplies contracts between EUR 15.000 and EUR 60.000;
  • Middle-value contracts: services, supplies and works contracts higher than EUR 60.000 and below EUR 135.000 for services and supplies or below EUR 5.225.000 for works;
  • High-value contracts: for service and supply contracts from EUR 135.000 and works contracts from EUR 5.225.000.

Low and middle-value calls for tenders are subject to ex-ante publicity on the EEAS or EU Delegations websites at Tenders. Economic operators interested to participate in a specific call for tenders must only send their contact details (business name, postal address, e-mail address) to the contracting authority via e-mail by the fixed deadline. The EEAS or the EU Delegation will then invite to tender all the economic operators which expressed their interest to participate within the given deadline. Please note that only the tenders received by the economic operators directly invited to tender by the EEAS or the EU Delegation (those which received the invitation to tender by e-mail, post or courier) will be evaluated.

High-value calls for tenders have to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Information on how to submit a tender will be published in a contract notice when the tender is launched. 

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