European Union – Public procurement. The second sub-paragraph of art 1(9) of Directive (EC) 2004/18 should be interpreted as meaning that a company which, on the one hand, was wholly owned by a contracting authority whose activity consisted of meeting needs in the general interest and which, on the other, carried out both internal transactions for that contracting authority and transactions on the competitive market had be classified as a 'body governed by public law' within the meaning of that provision. The Court of Justice of the European Union so held in proceedings between two companies concerning a contract for the supply of ferrous metal bars.