While this may discourage many companies, it is important to consider the scope of the agreement and the number of contractors who secure a place. As the number of suppliers increases, framework agreements offer more chances of success for companies that opt for tenders and can be great for building long-term relationships. As noted above, although it is likely that a framework agreement will be divided by sector or by specific work (often in the construction sector), many national framework agreements are divided into geographical regions and can be an important source of work in progress for companies and the creation of a dynamic acquisition system. Each frame is highly structured and has its own pre-qualification requirements. A framework agreement is needed to cover the paper needs of a number of authorities in a four-year area. Following the opinion of the Official Journal of the European Union and the selection procedure based on financial and economic capacity and technical capacity, the offers will be evaluated on the “economically most advantageous” basis to enter the framework. A number of suppliers are involved in the framework to provide a variety of types of paper – simple, fed, recycled, colorful, etc. – over a four-year period. The Authority addresses the supplier in the framework whose offer is “economically the most advantageous” on the basis of the initial allocation criteria for each call required during the four years. Since the conditions do not need to be refined or supplemented in this case, the Authority does not need to use the mini-competition option. A framework agreement is a type of contract that is often used as a multi-supplier agreement, thus creating a long-term relationship with the supply of works as an approved supplier to the buyer.
In the public sector, there are many types of contracts. Most contracts are individual suppliers and, therefore, the procurement process excludes everyone but one. However, there are many framework agreements for buyers who work with a number of suppliers. The 2015 PCR clarified the rules for framework agreements as follows: the implementation of a framework agreement generally means that a contract designed for an individual transaction is not appropriate – they are simply not oriented towards the same thing.