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Parliamentary questions
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1 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005022-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martin Schirdewan (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Application of EU procurement rules in the construction of the ‘Elbtower’ in Hamburg
 Answer in writing 

The city of Hamburg is planning to build a 235-metre high tower, the ‘Elbtower’, in its HafenCity. According to media reports, the project is costing billions and has been awarded to an Austrian investor.(1)

The contract award notice was published in the Official Journal of 10 February 2018.(2)

According to this, an ‘award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union’ was given because it concerns the sale of land which does not fall under the EU Procurement Directive (see Point IV.1.1 of the contract award notice).

The corresponding ‘land offer’ from the city is from May 2017.(3) Detailed specifications for the construction and the future use of the Elbtower were provided in this offer document. The investor shall be permitted to use it for a minimum of 80 years before the building passes to the city. A hereditary building right agreement or property purchase agreement with equivalent provisions were drawn up to this end (see pp. 52/53 of the offer document).

Such conditions suggest that it is not purely a land sale, but rather, also the awarding of a works concession in the meaning of EU‐Directive 2014/23/EU(4).

Does the Commission nevertheless share the city of Hamburg’s view that the EU‐Procurement Directive is not applicable to the ‘Elbtower’? If not, what steps will the Commission take to enforce compliance with EU procurement law?


Original language of question: DE 
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