Executives offer public sector buyers the flexibility to order goods and services from private sector providers multiple times, without having to go through the entire tendering process more than once. It saves time and money. This service is for services that need goods and services above the EU threshold and for which there is no appropriate self-service agreement. Summary of Framework Agreements Currently Available through the CSC All public and third-party sector organizations and authorities can use self-service options to purchase a large number of commonly used goods and services. The inherent flexibility of the framework agreement as an instrument for contracting for work, services and supplies appears to have been the reason why the European Commission has incorporated provisions into the proposed new draft directive. In setting out the reasons for the proposed directive, the European Commission recognises that express authorisation of public bodies to adopt framework agreements would “enable them to make purchases under better conditions, in line with the constant market evolution of certain products and services, but also to avoid repetition every time during repeated purchases”. The reduction of repetition and procedure induced by the conclusion of framework agreements should also free up specific human and financial resources, usually through the issuance of opinions and tenders to the Official Journal of the European Communities (JO L 347 of 31.12.2006, p. 1). That is why the European Commission is now encouraging the implementation of framework agreements. The European Commission has set out certain principles to explain what a framework agreement is for the purposes of the proposed directive: although the European Council reached political agreements on the proposed directive on 21 May 2002, the date for adoption of the proposed directive has not yet been set. Once the directive is formally adopted, it will take up to 21 months for the directive to enter into force in the UK. In the meantime, the Office of Public Trade, which played an important role in the negotiations on the provisions of the proposed directive, will continue to support the implementation of framework agreements by public bodies and will recommend the allocation and operation of new frameworks on the basis of the procedures defined in the proposed directive.