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Germany referred to Court of Justice

The European Commission has decided to take Germany to the European Court of Justice regarding the conclusion of a waste disposal service contract in 1998 in the city of Rostock. The contract had a duration of 25 years and was worth approximately €150m. The contract was amended in 2004. The case also involves the conclusion […]

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Commission closes infringement procedure against France

The European Commission has decided to terminate an infringement procedure initiated against France. The case related to a provision of Law No 93-122 of 29 January 1993 (known as the ‘Sapin Law’) which allowed public entities to award concession contracts to public bodies without prior publicity or competitive tendering. In this case, these specific concession […]

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Businesses urged to work with Europe

In light of the imminent EU Services Directive, which is due to come into force at the end of 2009, Business Minister Ian Lucas is urging companies in the services sector to take advantage of new opportunities to do business with Europe. The aim of the Services Directive is to reduce the bureaucracy that can […]

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EC sends formal request to the Netherlands concerning coffee contracts

The European Commission has decided to send a formal request to the Netherlands concerning the award of a public contract for the supply and management of coffee machines by the Province of Noord-Holland. The Commission has identified that the tender procedure used by the Province of Noord-Holland did not meet the requirements of EU public […]

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EIB support for major school renovation in France

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €400m finance contract with the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in France for the renovation and construction of 34 lycées (upper secondary schools). The contract was signed by Vice-President of the EIB, Philippe de Fontaine Vive. The objective of these projects is to provide modern, well-equipped facilities for young […]

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Commission sends Netherlands formal request

The European Commission has sent the Netherlands a formal request concerning the award of a public works concession by the Municipality of Eindhoven. The request relates to the development of a community centre. The Commission considers that the contract in question constitutes a public works concession and as such should have been awarded on the […]

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Slovakia sent formal Commission request

Slovakia has been sent a formal request by the European Commission to review a recent services contract award. The request was made in regard to the award by the Slovak Ministry of Transport of a legal services contract in the context of a motorway construction project in 2007. In the Commission’s view, the contract was […]

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Spain referred to ECJ by Commission

The European Commission has decided to take Spain to the European Court of Justice regarding joint ventures set up by the publicly owned company Instituto Valenciano de Vivienda, SA (IVVSA). IVVSA is owned by the Government of Valencia. The company conducts urban planning studies and carries out infrastructure and management activities, among other activities. The […]

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Commission requests Spain to comply with Court judgment

Spain has been requested by the European Commission to comply with a 2008 judgment of the European Court of Justice. The Commission has decided that under Article 228 of the EC Treaty, Spain should comply with the ECJ’s judgment in case C-444/06, in which the Court ruled that Spain had failed to fulfil its obligations […]

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Germany waste treatment case closed

A German infringement case concerning the award of public waste treatment service contracts has been closed by the European Commission. The contracts were awarded in various administrative districts and special purpose associations to other public entities in Rhineland-Palatinate between 2002 and 2008. They were valued at between €1.2m and €6m a year for the treatment […]

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