Six public service contracts for mapping and urban planning services awarded by municipalities in Greece to the same provider should have gone out to an open tender, according to the European Commission. After the initial award of the contracts, they were re-negotiated and the total value of the services was very significantly increased. One contract for example was worth €440,000 when originally awarded in 2002, but after re-negotiation increased to €1.3m. Another rose from €1.7m in 2004 to a revised value of €3.7m. The Commission alleges that the contracts were so substantially modified that they constituted new contracts which should have gone out to tender. It has announced that it will take an action against Greece before the European Court of Justice over these infringements.