Request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale per la Sardegna (Italy) lodged on 6 August 2018 — Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato v Regione autonoma della Sardegna

(Case C-515/18)

Language of the case: Italian

Referring court

Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale per la Sardegna

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato

Defendant: Regione autonoma della Sardegna

Questions referred

Must Article 7(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 1 of 23 October 2007 be interpreted as meaning that the competent authority which intends directly to award a contract must take the necessary steps to publish or communicate to all operators potentially interested in operating the service the information necessary to allow such operators to submit a serious and reasonable offer?

Must Article 7(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of 23 October 2007 be interpreted as meaning that, before directly awarding the contract, the competent authority must carry out a comparative assessment of all bids to operate the service which may have been received following publication of the prior information notice under that Article 7(4)?

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1 Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) Nos 1191/69 and 1107/70 (OJ 2007 L 315, p. 1).