Framework agreements are agreements between one or more buyers and one or more suppliers that provide for the terms of contracts to be agreed for a specified period of time, including the price and, if applicable, the expected quantity. Other repetitive conditions known in advance, such as the place of delivery. B, can be included. They are also called ceiling purchase contracts and master order contracts. Essentially, they aim to allow a quick order of goods standardly used and purchased on the basis of the lowest price. Examples of these products are printing, stationery, computer and software supplies, as well as pharmaceutical stocks. A framework agreement is not an interim agreement. It is more detailed than a statement of principle, but less than a full-fledged contract. Its aim is to find the fundamental compromises necessary to enable the parties to develop and conclude a comprehensive agreement that ends the conflict and creates lasting peace.  A number of international agreements are called framework agreements: companies, in particular the adjudicating powers, may enter into framework agreements with one or more suppliers that impose the conditions that would apply to each subsequent contract and the selection and designation of a contractor by referring to agreed terms or by organising a competition that invites only the partners of the framework agreement to submit specific trade proposals Plan.  In describing efforts to reach an agreement between Israel and Palestine, Senator George J. Mitchell stated that when entering into framework agreements, buyers should be aware of the impact of limited competition from repeated purchases of the same products from the same suppliers for longer periods of time. It is therefore important that the advantage of establishing long-term partnerships is against the advantage of opening up competition to potential new suppliers, especially SMEs, in order to keep up with the ever-changing market.
Framework agreements should be reached when the buyer must establish, over a long period of time, a strategic relationship with the supply chain, in which suppliers can adapt to the buyer`s requirements. Specifications and evaluation criteria are defined in advance and cannot be changed during the currency of the agreement, which lasts at least 12 months to a maximum of 3 years. Subsequently, conditions and prices can be renegotiated to ensure that they are in line with changing market conditions. Recommendation 18 of the EEC-UN supports the implementation of such agreements. In addition, it is recommended that an intermediary for the provision of commercial and transport services in an international supply chain (measures 1.1 and 1.2) be included in the framework contract between supplier and purchaser.