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In-House Contracts and Inter-Municipal Cooperation – Exceptions from the European Union Procurement Law Should be Applied with Caution

Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann, Georg Queisner


The European Union has drawn up rules for the award of public contracts exceeding a certain value, in order to guarantee that public procurement be open to competition and to avoid market distortion.1 As a principle, contracting authorities have to put out public contracts to tender. An exception to this principle applies where a contracting authority does not purchase from a market but receives services from another public entity within the State organisation (public


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