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Key facts of the case:
 
(Reference for a preliminary ruling — Public procurement — Directive 89/665/EEC — Article 2d(4) — Interpretation and validity — Procedures for review of the award of public supply and public works contracts — Ineffectiveness of the contract — Exception)
 
Results (sanctions) and key consequences of the case:
 
67. Since these proceedings are, for the parties to the main proceedings, a step in the action pending before the national court, the decision on costs is a matter for that court. Costs incurred in submitting observations to the Court, other than the costs of those parties, are not recoverable. 
 
On those grounds, the Court (Fifth Chamber) hereby rules:
  1. On a proper construction of Article 2d(4) of Council Directive 89/665/EEC of 21 December 1989 on the coordination of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the application of review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts, as amended by Directive 2007/66/ΕC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2007, where a public contract is awarded without prior publication of a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, but that was not permissible under Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts, the contract may not be declared ineffective if the conditions laid down in that provision are in fact satisfied, which it is for the referring court to determine.
  2. Examination of the second question has not revealed anything which might affect the validity of Article 2d(4) of Directive 89/665, as amended by Directive 2007/66.