Contracting Authorities



The new Directorate–General Development and Cooperation (DG EuropeAid) is responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world. It incorporates the former Development and Europeaid DGs. Having one DG will simplify communication in the development field by acting as a "one stop shop" – providing a single contact point for stakeholders inside and outside the EU to deal with. 

 DG Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid)


The EU maintains diplomatic relations with nearly all countries in the world. It has strategic partnerships with key international players, is deeply engaged with emerging powers around the globe, and has signed bilateral Association Agreements with a number of states in its vicinity. Abroad, the Union is represented by a network of 136 EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy. 

 European External Action Service


Under the Lisbon Treaty, entered into force on 1st December 2009, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey has four main missions:

  • In the external relations field, to report on Turkey’s foreign policy and to represent the European Union at diplomatic level.
  • In relations to the Customs Union between Turkey and the EU, to monitor economic, financial and trade developments in Turkey, as well as the implementation of the Customs Union’s provisions.
  • In the framework of the EU accession negotiations, to monitor Turkey’s progress in meeting the requirements of the political criteria and the acquis and to assist the unfolding of the negotiations. In this context, the Delegation reports to Headquarters on a daily basis in view of the Commission’s yearly Progress Report.
  • Concerning Pre-Accession Programmes, the Delegation supports Turkish institutions in charge of applying decentralised cooperation procedures and monitors the effective implementation of more than 250 projects worth a total amount of some € 2.0 billion.
As a diplomatic mission, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey operates under the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and is managed by a Head of Delegation who is accredited to the President of the Republic of Turkey with the rank of ambassador. The Delegation has a staff of some 130 agents.
The Delegation maintains close contacts and coordinates its work with the embassies of the member states of the EU accredited to Turkey.

The Delegation also maintains a wide range of contacts with public authorities, political parties, business circles, academia and think tanks, civil society organisations and cultural operators. In addition, it implements a comprehensive information and communication programme aimed at fostering the visibility and understanding of the European Union, its values and its activities in Turkey.

Delegation of the European Union to Turkey 



The Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU) has been established by the Memorandum of Understanding which is signed between EU Commission and Turkish Government on 14th February 2002 which was subsequently ratified by the Grand National Assembly on the 29th January 2003.

CFCU is taking the responsibility for the overall budgeting, tendering, contracting, payments, accounting and financial reporting aspects of all procurement in the context of the EU funded programmes in Turkey. As a central unit CFCU is operating as an independent body but is attached to the EU Secretariat General and the National Aid Coordinator.
The Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU) is an integral part of the Turkish Administration that will take decisions autonomously under the responsibility of a Programme Authorising Officer (PAO). Although the CFCU is administratively linked (e.g. for logistic support) to the Undersecretariat of Treasury it operates completely independently of that institution.
The CFCU has the sole responsibility over the overall budgeting, tendering, contracting, payments, accounting and financial reporting aspects of the procurement of services, supplies, works and grants in the context of EU funded programmes in Turkey.

The CFCU ensures that the EU rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to the procurement of services, supplies, works and grants are adhered to and that a proper reporting system is functioning.

The CFCU advises the Senior Programme Officers (SPO) within the Line Ministries on EU external aid implementation procedures (e.g. procurement and contracting procedures), it being clear however that full responsibility for technical implementation remains with the SPO.

 Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU)