The European Commission has lost its legal action against Ireland for entrusting a services contract for the payment of social welfare benefits to An Post, the Irish postal service, without any prior advertisement. Both parties agreed that the particular services contract was not subject to a prior advertisement requirement under the EU procurement rules (as a Part B services contract). However, the Commission considered that fundamental EC Treaty principles required that such a contract be advertised in advance. In cases like these it is for the Commission to prove that the particular contract had cross-border interest. The Court dismissed the case on the grounds that the Commission had not provided sufficient evidence of cross-border interest.