A framework agreement is not an interim agreement. It is more detailed than a statement of principle, but less so than a full-fledged treaty. Its aim is to find the fundamental compromises that are necessary so that the parties can then elaborate and conclude a comprehensive agreement that ends the conflict and creates lasting peace.  However, a framework agreement is not a contract in itself, but simply an agreement on the conditions that would apply to any order placed during its term. In this case, a contract is only concluded when the order is placed and each order is a separate contract. Although this type of agreement is not technically a “contract”, you still need to comply with EU public procurement rules. These examples come from the Office of Government Commerce document entitled “EC Framework Agreements and Developments”: Note that a framework involves the provision of a generic group of goods, works or services (or a combination), for example: In the public sector, there are a number of central purchasing bodies whose objectives include the preparation and management of framework agreements in line with eu public procurement directives  and are available s for notified public bodies. A notice of the Official Journal of the European Union shall be published and candidates for management shall be selected on the basis of financial and economic capacity and technical capacity, including background and competence. Tenders are then evaluated on the basis of the `most economic advantage`, including quality schemes and royalty rates. .