Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 26 November 2015

MedEval - Qualitäts-, Leistungs- und Struktur-Evaluierung im Gesundheitswesen GmbH

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Verwaltungsgerichtshof

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Public procurement — Directive 89/665/EEC — Principles of effectiveness and equivalence — Review procedures concerning the award of public contracts — Period allowed for commencing proceedings — National legislation making an action for damages subject to a precondition that the procedure be declared unlawful — Limitation period which starts to run irrespective of the applicant’s knowledge of the unlawfulness

Case C-166/14

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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
15/01/2016 MedEval
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26/11/2015 MedEval
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
26/11/2015 MedEval
21/05/2015 MedEval
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
01/08/2014 MedEval
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)


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Systematic classification scheme

4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.02 Public procurement Review procedures Action/actions for damages
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.02 Public procurement Review procedures Procedural rules

Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

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Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 07/04/2014

Date of the Opinion

  • 21/05/2015

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery



Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 38 from 01.02.2016, p.4

Application: OJ C 282 from 25.08.2014, p.16

Name of the parties


Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Antloga, Alenka: Dopustnost vložitve odškodninskega zahtevka na področju prava javnih naročil, Pravna praksa 2015 nº 49-50 p.34 (SL)
  2. Dero-Bugny, Delphine ; Perrin, Alix: Cour de justice, 5e ch., 26 novembre 2015, MedEval - Qualitäts-, Leistungs- und Struktur-Evaluierung im Gesundheitswesen GmbH., aff. C-166/14, ECLI:EU:C:2015:779, Jurisprudence de la CJUE 2015 (Ed. Bruylant - Bruxelles) 2015 p.679-681 (FR)
  3. McGowan, David: Impermissibility of Absolute Limitation Periods for Claiming Damages without Knowledge of the Breach: case C-166/14 MedEval, Public Procurement Law Review 2016 p.NA37-NA39 (EN)
  4. Hiersche, Alexander ; Oder, Martin: EuGH kippt sechsmonatige Ausschlussfrist für Schadenersatz im BVergG, Zeitschrift für Vergaberecht und Beschaffungspraxis 2016 p.49-54 (DE)
  5. Bouveresse, Aude: Effectivité des voies de recours, Europe 2016 Janvier Comm. nº 1 p.19-20 (FR)
  6. Vorwalter, Sebastian: Unionsrechtswidrige Ausschlussfrist für Schadensersatz, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2016 p.142-143 (DE)

Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Verwaltungsgerichtshof - Austria


  • Freedom of establishment
  • Freedom to provide services
  • Approximation of laws

Provisions of national law referred to

Bundesgesetz über die Vergabe von Aufträgen (Bundesvergabegesetz – BVergG), Paragraphen 312 und 332

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

cinquième chambre (Cour)



Advocate General


Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • German