GERMANY is being threatened with legal action by the European Commission over the award of sewage water treatment and gas and electricity supply contracts by the city of Jever, Friesland, north Germany. Brussels says that the contracts were agreed without open tendering procedures legally required to ensure competition in public procurement.

The German government actually admitted the infringements in 2000 and said a solution complying with EU rules would be found for the water contract in early 2002 and that the electricity and gas ...

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