Undertakings, in particular contracting authorities, may conclude framework agreements with one or more suppliers which impose the conditions that would apply to any subsequent contract and provide for the selection and appointment of a contractor with direct reference to the agreed conditions or to the implementation of a selection procedure in which only the partners in the framework agreement are invited to submit specific commercial proposals. [5] For many cases, it is useful for UNHCR to sign a long-term contract with a supplier, whether for goods or services. These are known as “framework contracts” and we have signed them with a large number of companies for items used daily by UNHCR staff, including vehicles, radios, telecommunications equipment, generators and office equipment, and for assistance with tents, blankets, isomates and kitchen kits. When a framework contract is awarded, each party may only terminate the contract in writing to the other party with a period of 90 days (3 months). Under international law, such an agreement between countries or groups may recognize that they cannot reach full agreement on all issues, but that they are prepared to remember a structure for resolving certain differences of opinion. [2] A number of international agreements are called framework agreements: in the context of procurement, a framework agreement is an agreement between one or more undertakings or organisations `the purpose of which is to define the conditions applicable to contracts to be awarded during a given period, in particular as regards the price and, where appropriate, the intended quantity”.` [1] Framework agreements between UNHCR and its suppliers are intended to define the conditions applicable to contracts to be awarded during a given period, in particular with regard to the article, price, quality, quantity and delivery. 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 for the parties to develop and conclude a comprehensive agreement that will end the conflict and establish a lasting peace. [3] In the public sector, there are a number of central purchasing bodies who aim to draw up and manage framework agreements in line with the EU Public Procurement Directives [6] and available to designated public bodies. These fixed-term contracts (usually 3 to 5 years) are normally concluded following an open international call for tenders. They ensure that UNHCR can quickly place orders for its needs at fixed prices, but do not guarantee that the Agency will purchase a minimum or maximum quantity of goods during the term of the agreement.

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