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The EU Court of Justice declares that a scheme of compulsory minimum tariffs for certification services addressed to tenderers in a public procurement procedure is not illegal per se under the EU competition and free movement rules (SOA Nazionale Costruttori)

CJEU rubber stamps Italian minimum tariffs for certification in public procurement, subject to proportionality (C-327/12)* In its Judgment of 12 December 2013 in case C-327/12 Soa Nazionale Costruttori, the Court of Justice of the EU has followed rather closely AG Cruz Villalon's Opinion (commented here) and declared that a scheme of compulsory minimum tariffs for certification services supplied to undertakings seeking to participate in procedures for the award of public contracts is not per se contrary to EU competition and free movement rules, always provided that it is not disproportionate (which determination it referred back to the domestic courts). One of the remarkable features of the Judgment is the level of detail in which the CJEU has summarised its State action doctrine.

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Albert Sánchez Graells, The EU Court of Justice declares that a scheme of compulsory minimum tariffs for certification services addressed to tenderers in a public procurement procedure is not illegal per se under the EU competition and free movement rules (SOA Nazionale Costruttori), 12 décembre 2013, e-Competitions December 2013, Art. N° 61692

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