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Exempt markets

Specific utilities markets in given countries may be exempt from public procurement rules if it can be proved that:

  • the legal/regulatory environment permits access and competition in the sector concerned
  • the utility operators in the market concerned are subject to competitive pressure.
Detailed rules for the application of the exemption procedure

Here you can find which markets in which EU countries are exempt, and the state of play with pending requests for exemption.

Postal Services

  • Postal services Hungary
  • Postal services in Austria
  • Certain financial services in the postal sector in Hungary
  • Domestic parcel logistic services in Hungary
  • Certain postal services (parcels) in Austria
  • Certain financial services in the postal sector in Italy
  • Postal services in Sweden
  • Express and courier services in Italy
  • Postal services in Finland excluding the Åland Islands
  • Courier and parcel services in Denmark

Energy

  • Production and wholesale of electricity in Poland
  • Exploration for oil and gas in Cyprus
  • Production and wholesale of electricity in Italy
  • Production and wholesale of electricity in Germany
  • Gas storage in the Czech Republic
  • Exploration for oil and gas and extraction of oil in Denmark
  • Exploration for oil and gas and extraction of oil in Italy
  • Exploration for and extraction of coal in the Czech Republic
  • Exploration for and extraction of oil and gas in Denmark
    • Exemption requested on 26 October 2010 (2010/C300/08pdf)
    • Deadline for decision extended until 27 February 2011 (2010/C 332/08pdf)
    • Deadline for decision extended until 28 February 2011 (2011/C 32/17pdf)
    • Request withdrawn on 15 February 2011 (2011/C 58/07pdf)
  • Exploration for and extraction of oil and gas in Italy
  • Production and sale of electricity in Italy
  • Exploration for and exploitation of oil and gas in England, Scotland and Wales
  • Exploration for and exploitation of oil and gas in the Netherlands
  • Electricity production in the Czech Republic
  • Production and sale of electricity in Spain
  • Production and wholesale of electricity in Poland
  • Production of electricity in Austria
  • Production and sale of electricity in Sweden
  • Supply of electricity and gas in England, Scotland and Wales
  • Production and sale of electricity in Finland, excluding the Åland Islands
  • Electricity generation in England, Scotland and Wales