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EU Court guidance on the use of framework agreements

Totis Kotsonis

Eversheds Sutherland

Tuesday 11 June 2019

In its judgment of 19 December 2018 (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato – Antiturst, Coopservice Soc. coop. arl, C-216/17, EU:C:2018:1034; the Judgment), the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court) provided useful guidance on two important issues pertaining to the use of framework agreements, namely: (i) whether contracting authorities that are not ‘direct parties’ (ie, signatories) to a framework agreement may use them; and (ii) the extent to which contracting authorities wishing to use a framework agreement need to specify in advance the quantity of services they may require under that framework.

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