CASE COMMENT: PUBLIC SECTOR - SOCIAL SERVICES OF GENERAL INTEREST

Social services of general interest: The EU Council, recalling that social services of general interest play a major role in ensuring social, economic and territorial cohesion throughout the EU, insists on the necessity of legal certainty regarding the impact of the EU rules on such services, but without delivering concrete options and referring only to the soft law adopted by the EU Commission

EU Council, Conclusions - Social Services as a tool for active inclusion, strengthening social cohesion and an area for job opportunities, Doc. n°10052/09, 25 May 2009 Jusqu'à présent principalement couvert par la doctrine de la Commission (voir ses communications d'avril 2006 et de novembre 2007 : cf. Concurrences, n° 3/2006, cette chronique, p. 159 et n° 1/2008, cette chronique, p. 194), le thème des services sociaux d'intérêt général (SSIG) s'est invité à la table du Conseil, réuni en formation “Emploi, Politique sociale, Santé et Consommateurs” (EPSCO) le 25 mai 2009. Les 27 ministres compétents ont ainsi adopté des conclusions “concernant les services sociaux, un instrument d'inclusion active et de renforcement de la cohésion sociale et un gisement d'emplois”. Si

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Stéphane Rodrigues, Social services of general interest: The EU Council, recalling that social services of general interest play a major role in ensuring social, economic and territorial cohesion throughout the EU, insists on the necessity of legal certainty regarding the impact of the EU rules on such services, but without delivering concrete options and referring only to the soft law adopted by the EU Commission, 25 May 2009, Concurrences Review N° 3-2009, Art. N° 27838, pp. 137-138

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