Branch Offices (BOs) and their functions
Following a decision of the participating countries, three BOs were set up in the participating countries in order to assist the JTS in its functions:
Their role may include among the others:
At any rate, the BOs may not be entrusted with a task involving exercise of public authority or the use of discretionary powers of judgment regarding projects. Relevant arrangements between the MA and BO shall be formally recorded in writing (service contact) based on the Procurement and Grants for European Union external actions - a Practical Guide (PRAG) applicable at the moment of the JOP adoption by the EC. This service contract will be awarded under negotiation procedure with a single tenderer on the basis of the case where, for technical reasons, the contract can be awarded only to a particular service provider.
Not more than 3 experts (one BO Head and 2 experts) will be employed in each BO. Minimum necessary qualifications of the BO experts shall be laid down in Terms of Reference.