Organisations receiving public funds have to apply public procurement rules when choosing and contracting providers of goods, services and works. It must ensure transparency, non-discrimination and equal treatment of the potential providers.
The procurement rules presented in this chapter apply to the expenditure reported under real cost, e.g.:
category 4 (External expertise and service costs)
category 5 (Equipment)
category 6 (Infrastructure and works).
Costs covered by the simplified cost options might be also subject to public procurement rules due to national legislation or internal rules. Nevertheless, the amounts based on simplified cost options are not checked in respect of procurement rules during the Programme verifications and audits.
Project partners must follow the requirements for procurement set in: