Azienda sanitaria locale n.5 'Spezzino' and others v San Lorenzo Soc. coop. sociale and another

European Union – Public procurement. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling, deciding that arts 49 and 56 TFEU had to be interpreted as meaning that they did not preclude national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which provided that the provision of urgent and emergency ambulance services had to be entrusted on a preferential basis and awarded directly, without any advertising, to the voluntary associations covered by the agreements, in so far as the legal and contractual framework in which the activity of those associations was carried out actually contributed to the social purpose and the pursuit of the objectives of the good of the community and budgetary efficiency on which that legislation was based (see [65] of the judgment).

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