The framework contract is mainly intended to support the European Commission Directorates-General in charge of the implementation of External Action: DG INTPA, DG NEAR, FPI and EU Delegations. The objective of this framework contract is to provide a contractual tool that can mobilise rapidly through specific contracts the expertise required to assist the European Commission departments in implementing their policies. The expertise required may cover any sector within a lot in any geographic area of the world.

The FWC has no overall contract amount or maximum budget. The contract amount is fixed at the level of each individual assignment in the Specific Contract and the maximum value of a specific contract under this framework contract cannot exceed 2 million euros.

Beneficiaries are mainly ACP (Africa-Caribbean-Pacific) countries, but also the countries of the ENPI (European Neighbourhood policy), ALA (Asia and Latin America) countries, candidates and potential candidates to join the European Union.

The scope of services requested under the projects relate to the full project cycle: identification, feasibility, operational and technical follow-up assignments, financial and/or contractual monitoring, project evaluation, technical, financial or contractual audit of the project, technical advice and support, information and communication, or closure of a project.