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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-08-09

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Parole 09/08/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Entraves commerciales : procédures d'infraction
  • [02] Public contracts: infringement procedures against Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Austria and Spain

  • [01] Entraves commerciales : procédures d'infraction

    La Commission européenne a décidé de saisir la Cour de Justice européenne à l'encontre de l'Espagne et de l'Italie dont les législations nationales interdisent la commercialisation du chocolat contenant des matières grasses autres que le beurre de cacao, et à l'encontre de la France au sujet d'obstacles à la commercialisation de denrées alimentaires enrichies. La Commission a aussi décidé d'envoyer deux avis motivés (seconde étape des procédures en infraction au sens de l'article 226 du Traité) à l'Autriche pour des restrictions en matière de produits vitaminés et à la Grèce en matière de réglementation technique et d'étiquetage d'emballages de carreaux en céramique. En l'absence d'une réponse satisfaisante dans un délai de 2 mois après réception de l'avis motivé, la Commission peut décider de porter l'affaire devant la Cour de Justice européenne.

    [02] Public contracts: infringement procedures against Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Austria and Spain

    The European Commission has decided to send eleven reasoned opinions for violation of the European Union (EU) rules stipulating that public contracts must be published and put up for tender. Four reasoned opinions (second stage in infringement proceedings under Article 226 of the Treaty) have been sent to France, Greece, Germany and Austria for failure to notify the measures necessary to implement the Directive 97/52/EC adapting the previous Directives for the award of public service contracts, public supply contracts and public works contracts to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) signed at Marrakech in 1994. The other reasoned opinions concern: in Germany, a negotiated procedure for a contract with the hospital of the University of Würzburg; in the United Kingdom, the publication of a White Paper ("Setting New Standards: a strategy for Government Procurement") which could lead public purchasers to commit infringements against the public procurement rules; in Italy, the award without a public tender procedure of a contract by SACE of banking services and by the municipality of Ravenna of a service contract for the Museum in Classe; in Greece, the use of a restricted procedure for the award of a supply contract by the Ministry for Development; in Austria the construction and the financing of a by-pass in the City of Linz without applying prior public procurement procedure; in Spain, works for an experimental penitentiary centre in Segovia without a public tender. In the absence of a satisfactory response within two months of receipt by the Member State concerned, the Commission may decide to refer the cases to the European European Court of Justice.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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