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The European Commission is to take Italy to the European Court of Justice, claiming that its public procurement procedures for local and state administrations hiring architects break EU rules on fairness and openness. The EC has raised three objections regarding the relevant Italian law. Brussels says it should have been notified about the 1997 law, that its criteria for awarding contracts do not match those in EU directives and that some practices 'infringe' the principle of transparency that must be observed.

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