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EU seeks Germany’s compliance with Court judgment on pension schemes

Thursday March 17th, 2011

The European Commission has decided to ask Germany for information on measures taken to comply with a 2010 Court of Justice judgment.

According to the judgement Germany had failed to fulfil its obligations under EU public procurement rules by directly awarding contracts for group pension services on the basis of a collective agreement without an EU-wide call for tender.

The Commission considers that the German authorities have not taken the necessary measures to comply with the judgment of the Court as the collective agreement and the framework contracts are still in place. If the German authorities do not inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to comply with the Court ruling, the Commission may refer the case to the Court for a second time and request the Court to impose financial penalties on Germany.

More information

Public procurement:

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/index_en.htm

Latest information on infringement proceedings concerning all Member States:

http://ec.europa.eu/community_law/index_en.htm

For more information on EU infringement procedures, see MEMO/11/162

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