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Document 62010CN0576

Case C-576/10: Action brought on 9 December 2010 — European Commission v Kingdom of the Netherlands

OJ C 55, 19.2.2011, p. 19–20 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

19.2.2011   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 55/19


Action brought on 9 December 2010 — European Commission v Kingdom of the Netherlands

(Case C-576/10)

2011/C 55/34

Language of the case: Dutch

Parties

Applicant: European Commission (represented by: M. van Beek and C. Zadra, Agents)

Defendant: Kingdom of the Netherlands

Form of order sought

rule that, by failing to comply with the law of the European Union on public contracts, in particular Directive 2004/18/EC, (1) in the context of the award of a public works concession by the municipality of Eindhoven, the Kingdom of the Netherlands has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 2 and Title III of Directive 2004/18/EC;

order the Kingdom of the Netherlands to pay the costs.

Pleas in law and main arguments

The Commission has concluded that the coooperation agreement which the municipality of Eindhoven entered into on 11 June 2007 with the company Hurks Bouw en Vastgoed B.V. is a public works concession within the terms of Article 1(3) of Directive 2004/18/EC.

In view of the fact that the public works concession has an estimated value which is greater than the applicable threshold value, it ought to have been the subject of a call for tenders in accordance with Directive 2004/18/EC, in particular Article 2 and Title III thereof. In addition, the public contracts awarded by Hurks Bouw en Vastgoed B.V. for works to an estimated value in excess of the applicable threshold value must be publicised in accordance with Articles 63 to 65 of Directive 2004/18/EC.

The fact that the municipality of Eindhoven did not apply Directive 2004/18/EC, and in particular Article 2 and Title III thereof, when awarding the public works concession in question to Hurks Bouw en Vastgoed B.V. leads the Commission to the conclusion that there has been a breach of that directive.

The Commission further concludes that, in the context of the award of a public works concession by the municipality of Eindhoven, the Kingdom of the Netherlands has failed to comply with its obligations under the European Union law on public contracts, and in particular those imposed by Article 2 and Title III of Directive 2004/18/EC.


(1)  Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts (OJ 2004 L 134, p. 114).


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