✔ Special cases are clearly identified in the Annex IV
✔ General principles of procurement and the rules on nationality and origin always apply in special cases, too
The following are the key special cases described in Annex IV:
Where the Action is co-financed by several donors and one of the other donors, whose contribution to the total cost of the Action is greater than that of the European Commission, imposes procurement rules on the Beneficiary(ies) that differ from those set out in Annex IV, the Grant Beneficiary may apply the rules imposed by the other donor. In all cases, the general principles and rules on nationality and origin still apply.
Where the Beneficiary(ies) or an affiliated entity is an international organisation, it applies its own procurement rules if the offer guarantees equivalent to internationally accepted standards.
If allowed by the applicable regulatory provisions of the EU, the origin of the goods and the nationality of the organisations, companies and experts selected for carrying out activities in the Action shall be determined in accordance with the Organisation’s relevant rules.
Central Buying Offices
Where the Beneficiary uses a central buying office as service provider, it selects it in conformity with the procedures set for service contracts.
A central buying office is a non-profit making, autonomous and professional structure, specialised in the technical and commercial management of supplies. This central buying office applies the rules imposed by the Grant Beneficiary.
Where it is a Humanitarian Procurement Centre (HPC) recognised as such by the relevant service of the EC, it applies the rules agreed upon at the time of its approval, subject to the rules on nationality and origin.
Resources and useful links:
PRAG annex - E3h3, Contract Award Procedures (Annex IV)