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PUBLIC PROCUREMENT : DISPUTED TENDERING PROCEDURES LAND MEMBER STATES IN TROUBLE.

Legal action against the following member states was announced by the European Commission on 29 June for alleged breaches of EU public procurement law:

- Greece: Referred to the EU Court of Justice over medical devices and supplies contracts. Reasoned opinions (pre-court warning) issued over a railway project (Thriasio Field Station Complex) and the steam electric station of Atherinolakkos, Crete.

- Portugal: Reasoned opinion over selection criteria used for Porto Metro consultancy contract.

- Spain: Reasoned opinion for not implementing 13 January 2005 ECJ judgment (Case C-84/03), which found Spain guilty of not transposing Directives 93/36/EEC and 93/37/EEC. Letter of formal notice' (launch of infringement proceedings) for not implementing 27 October 2005 ECJ ruling (C-158/03) on contract for home respiratory therapy and other assisted breathing techniques.

- Germany: Sent to ECJ over waste disposal contracts in Rotenburg, Harburg, Soltau-Fallingbostel, which Berlin says concerns public-public cooperation. Reasoned opinions over bus service concession for city of Worms awarded without a competition and group pension services contracts awarded to a limited number of service providers.

- Austria: Infringement proceedings launched to enforce 10 November 2005 ECJ judgment on waste disposal contract in Modling. Reasoned opinions over such contracts in Hartberg and Kapfenberg, awarded without competition.

- Italy: Reasoned opinions over the procedures used for awarding contracts to build prisons in Varese and Pordenone and to construct a tramway in L'Aquila.

- Malta: Reasoned opinion over award of sewerage contract for Malta and Gozo.

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