Editor’s Note, September 21: This story was updated to include an extension to the deadline
The deadline for proposals for EuropeAid’s Framework Contract 2018 has been extended for a second time to October 6.
The tender — which invites proposals for the implementation of external aid — was published on July 7, over two months later than expected, leaving potential suppliers scrambling to pull together proposals over the summer period in time for an original deadline of September 8. However, this deadline was later extended to September 29, and then again to October 6.
Known as SIEA 2018 (Services for Implementation of External Aid), successful applicants will act as preferred suppliers for the European Union’s external aid projects over the next two years (renewable for a further two), enabling the EU to hire experts from its pool of pre-screened organizations at short notice.