Judgment of the Court (Third Chamber) of 15 March 2012

European Commission v Federal Republic of Germany

Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations — Directive 2004/18/EC — Public service contracts — Architecture and engineering services — Design, planning and supervision of a project to renovate a public building — Project carried out in several phases, for budgetary reasons — Market value

Case C-574/10

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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
20/04/2012 Commission v Germany
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15/03/2012 Commission v Germany
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Judgment (Information)
15/03/2012 Commission v Germany
Application (OJ)
05/03/2011 Commission v Germany
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Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations – Infringement of Articles 2, 9 and 20 in conjunction with Articles 23 to 55 of 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) – Award by the municipality of Niedernhausen, without a Europe-wide invitation to tender, of several architecture services relating to the same construction project to an engineering agency – Division of the service awarded – Calculation of the market value

Systematic classification scheme

4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.02 Public procurement General rules applicable to public contracts Scope
 Concept of public contract

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

  • 09/12/2010

Date of the Opinion

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Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 72 from 05.03.2011, p.5

Judgment: OJ C 133 from 05.05.2012, p.8

Name of the parties

Commission v Germany

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Aubert, Michel ; Broussy, Emmanuelle ; Donnat, Francis: Chronique de jurisprudence de la CJUE. Marchés publics de services, L'actualité juridique ; droit administratif 2012 p.1002-1003 (FR)
  2. Brown, Adrian: The Court of Justice rules that a series of contracts for architectural services constituted a single procurement for the purpose of the financial thresholds of Directive 2004/18: Commission v Germany (C-574/10), Public Procurement Law Review 2012 p.NA160-NA164 (EN)
  3. Jennert, Carsten ; Huhn, Armin: Vergaberecht: Künstliche Aufteilung eines einheitlichen Sanierungsauftrags aus haushaltsrechtlichen Gründen, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2012 p.349-350 (DE)
  4. Meister, Marie: Fractionnement des marchés, Europe 2012 Mai Comm. nº 5 p.191 (FR)
  5. Durviaux, Ann Lawrence: L'extension du marché public de services d'architecture, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen 2013 p.352 (FR)

Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

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

Provisions of national law referred to

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Provisions of international law referred to

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Procedure and result

  • Action for a declaration of failure to fulfil obligations : application granted

Formation of the Court

troisième chambre (Cour)



Advocate General


Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

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