Connexxion Taxi Services BV v Staat der Nederlanden (Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport) and others

European Union – Public service contracts. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling, deciding, among other things, that EU law, in particular art 45(2) of Directive (EC) 2004/18, did not preclude national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which required a contracting authority to assess, in accordance with the principle of proportionality, whether it was in fact appropriate to exclude from a public contract a tenderer which had been guilty of grave professional misconduct.

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