Services of General Economic Interest and Horse Racing* Introduction Public authorities often argue that the activities they support are important and that they should be considered as services of general economic interest. However, in many cases they are not. In this article I review the Commission Decision 2014/19 concerning a parafiscal levy that was intended to fund supposedly public service obligations assigned to French horse racing companies.  This Decision is notable because it deals with alleged SGEI, because it illustrates how parafiscal charges are assessed by the Commission and, unfortunately, because the reasoning on the compatibility of the State aid with the internal market is particularly sloppy. Background France notified to the Commission a proposal for a
The EU Commission publishes decision concerning a parafiscal levy intended to fund supposedly public service obligations assigned to French horse racing companies (France)
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