Portugal has duly complied with the obligation to implement the Public Procurement and Utilities Directives (2004/18/EC and 2004/17/EC) into national law. However, the European Commission (Commission) claims that the Portuguese legislation favours legal undertakings (e.g. companies) over natural persons (individuals) for public service contracts in relation to certain types of tasks and in relation to the liberal professions. The Commission has sent Portugal a reasoned opinion indicating that it considers that the restrictions on the eligibility of individuals to tender for public contracts are inconsistent with the principles of non-discrimination and equal treatment. The Portuguese Government will have an opportunity to put forward its views on the matter.