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Comity is a term that describes the practice among political entities such as states and courts in different jurisdictions with respect to the mutual recognition of legislative, executive and judicial acts. In the legal context then, comity is the recognition that one nation gives within its borders to the legal acts of another nation.

In the context of public procurement within the European Union, for example, comity may be used to describe the principle of mutual recognition, which means the documents and certificates issued by the appropriate authorities in one EU member state must be recognized and accepted in other EU member states.