Framework Partnership Agreement under the Humanitarian Aid Regulation - HAR FPA

Several different versions of FPAs have been concluded under the HAR. The first one entered into force in 1993, the second in 1998, the third in 2003, the fourth 2008 and the fifth has entered into force on the 1st of January 2014. The validity of the 2014 FPA has been extended by two years, until 31 December 2020, to allow DG ECHO to prepare and roll out the new FPA due to apply as of 1 January 2021.

Applications under the 2021 FPA

In order to be in a position to become an FPA Partner on 1 January 2021, the candidate NGO needs to submit the Independent Auditor’s Final Report to DG ECHO before 1 July 2020. Final reports received beyond that date may delay the signature of the FPA beyond 1 January 2021.

In case of questions related to the application procedure you may write to


The procedure to submit your application will be announced in due time. Please follow the page closely.


The Commission will finalise the ex-ante assessment of candidate NGOs based:

  • on the findings set out in the Independent Auditor’s Final Report and;
  • on the assessment of the candidate NGOs’ accountability level when the latter (a) is a member of a family, network or (con-)federation or (b) works systematically with Implementing Partners.

While this report will contribute to the assessment of the Organisation, DG ECHO retains the final decision on whether to award the FPA or not.


Candidate NGOs interested in applying for a Programmatic Partnership will have to first meet the thresholds and requirements laid down in this respect in the Terms of Reference.

Only NGOs holding a valid FPA can be selected as a Programmatic Partner at a later stage through a dedicated procedure.


A prospective partner's application will involve the recording and processing of personal data, which will be treated according to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC

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