The European Commission announced on 31 January 2008 that it had decided to take Italy before the European Court of Justice over the procurement of waste management services by the Municipality of Contigliano. The case concerns the direct award of waste management services by the Municipality to a public-owned limited liability company, A.M.A. Servizi S.r.l., in which the Municipality holds a 0.5 per cent shareholding. The Commission considers that the conditions for treating the contract as being awarded "in-house" are not met since the Municipality through its minority shareholding does not exercise control over A.M.A. Servizi similar to that which it exercises over its own department, and the company carries out a significant part of its activities for parties other than its controlling entities.
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Commission refers "in house" waste management contract to ECJ
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