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Germany referred to Court of Justice

Monday January 18th, 2010

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 of an agreement in 2007, with a mixed undertaking, concerning the provision of waste collection, treatment, recycling and street cleaning services. This contract has an annual contract value of €10.8m.

The Commission has identified that all of these contract awards or modifications were carried out without the execution of tender procedures, in breach of the EU Public Procurement Directives.

Germany has acknowledged the violations but the illegally awarded contracts are still being executed. Therefore, the Commission has referred the case to the Court of Justice.

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