It defines the respective roles, rights and obligations of the partners and contains the legislation applicable to humanitarian actions funded by DG ECHO. The applicant NGO is a partner of DG ECHO for the duration of the Framework Partnership Agreement. Applications for signature of the APF must be submitted online via the APPEL electronic exchange system. Information on how to become a humanitarian partner of the Commission. Instructions on how to become a humanitarian partner of the European Commission can be found on the ECHO Partners website. In the case of Framework Partnership Agreements signed after 1 January 2014, those agreements will enter into force on the date of receipt by the Commission of an original signed by the humanitarian organisation. It shall remain in force until 31 December 2018, unless the parties decide otherwise. . . .