Financing Services of General Interest. Reform and Modernization, Erika SZYSZCZAK, Johan W. VAN DE GRONDEN (dir.)

Erika Szyszczakq, J.W. van de Gronden

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The collection "Legal Issues of Services of General Interest" published by Asser Press/Springer has been enriched by a new book with some fifteen contributors under the direction of Erika Szyszczak, University of Leicester, and Johan Willem Van de Gronden of the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Dedicated to the topic of the financing of services of general economic interest (SGEI), the first part of the paper will first address what could be called the " Altmarklegacy", with reference to the judgment of the Court of Justice of 2003 which gave rise to the theory of public service compensation which, under certain conditions, escapes classification as State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) of the TFEU. The second part deals with the 2011 reform of the "Monti-Kroes Package" adopted in 2005 by the Commission to accompany the implementation of the Altmark case law, and known as the "Almunia Package", including the April 2012 de minimis regulation applicable to aid granted to undertakings entrusted with the operation of an SGEI. Finally, the third and last part looks at the sectors benefiting from exemptions or special arrangements under the Almunia Package, in particular social services, transport and hospitals. At a time when the Commission is publishing its new guide on the application of Union law to SGEIs (see document SWD(2013) 53 final of 15 February 2013) and its third biennial report on social services of general interest (see document SWD(2013) 40 final of 20 February 2013), this book is a welcome opportunity to take stock of how far we have come in the ten years since the Altmark judgment.


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Stéphane Rodrigues, Financing Services of General Interest. Reform and Modernization, Erika SZYSZCZAK, Johan W. VAN DE GRONDEN (dir.), May 2013, Concurrences N° 2-2013, Art. N° 97488, p. 225

Publisher T.M.C. Asser Press

Date 30 December 2012

Number of pages 298

ISBN 978-9067049054

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