The EU Commission adopts a communication on the application of the EU State aid rules to compensation granted for the provision of services of general economic interest

"The SGEI Communication"*1. Introduction: The Communication and its role in the new SGEI package This article is the second in a series explaining the rationale behind the new SGEI package, highlighting the most important features and novelties and introducing the new texts. The Communication [1] is a new instrument without a counterpart in the 2005 SGEI package. It is an interpretative text aiming to clarify key concepts of the notion of aid in the field of SGEI. It explains both general State aid concepts with particular relevance for SGEI and SGEI-specific concepts. Public authorities and service providers have been asking for clear explanations of the core principles for several years, and the Communication addresses these requests. The notion of aid is difficult to clarify,

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Nicolas Pesaresi, Adinda Sinnaeve, Valérie Guigue-Koeppen, Madalina Radulescu, Joachim Wiemann, The EU Commission adopts a communication on the application of the EU State aid rules to compensation granted for the provision of services of general economic interest, 11 January 2012, e-Competitions January 2012, Art. N° 54514

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