The German Federal Government has an agreement with the company Juris to provide a legal information system. In 2006, judicial authorities in 13 German Federal States awarded contracts for legal information services to Juris without going through an EU-wide tendering exercise. The European Commission (Commission) has issued a statement suggesting that it considers that these arrangements constitute public service contracts which are governed by the obligations under the public procurement directive and therefore should have gone out to tender. The German Government has been given two months to respond to the Commission's letter of formal notice raising questions over the arrangement. It remains to be seen whether the contracts with Juris were in fact covered by the rules.