ANDENAES Mads, BEKKEDAL Tarjei, DAVIES Jim et SZYSZCZAK Erika (dir.), T.M.C. Asser Press & Springer, collection ‘Legal Issues of Services of General Interest’, 2011, 266 p.

Developments in Services of General Interest, Mads ANDENAES, Tarjei BEKKEDAL, Jim DAVIES et Erika SZYSZCZAK(dir.)

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The recent collection "Legal Issues of Services of General Interest" is enriched by a new opus which includes the contributions of a seminar held in June 2009 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in London. Introduced by Professor Szyszczak (University of Leicester), who highlights the European topicality of the subject, the book is divided into three parts. The first part is an opportunity for several contributors to recall some generalities and basic concepts on the subject, whether they be the contributions of the Treaty of Lisbon (Pierre Bauby, University of Paris 8), the latest developments in Commission doctrine (Ulla Neergaard, University of Copenhagen) or the latest developments in case law relating to the regime of Article 106(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Tarjei Bekkedal, University of Oslo and Grith Skovgaard Ølykke, Copenhagen Business School). The second part, on the other hand, is devoted to new aspects of the debate on public services in Europe, such as the application of Union law to social services of general interest (Johan W. van de Gronden, University of Nijmegen) and new ’generations’ of universal service or public service obligations (Jim Davies, University of Northampton; Erika Szyszczak and Martin Henning, University of TromsØ). Although entitled "Global Issues", the third part also seems to explore two new dimensions of the subject: on the one hand, the role played by public-private partnerships in the regulation of certain public services, such as health, with the unprecedented example of the situation in Sierra Leone (Priscilla Schwartz, University of Leicester) and, on the other hand, the place given to universal service in the international agreements negotiated by the Union, with two examples studied: GATS and the EC-Chile Agreement (Markus Krajewski, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg); this last theme is also very topical at a time when the negotiations of the so-called Doha Round for the revision of the WTO agreements are looking into the advisability of restricting the scope of the exemption enjoyed by certain public services. Add to this the recent debates on whether public services should be considered as new growth levers for the European Union (see the Commission’s Single Market Act of 13 April 2011: see the Public Sector column in this review), and it is clear that the referenced collective work can only provide food for thought on these subjects.

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Stéphane Rodrigues, Developments in Services of General Interest, Mads ANDENAES, Tarjei BEKKEDAL, Jim DAVIES et Erika SZYSZCZAK(dir.), September 2011, Concurrences N° 3-2011, Art. N° 38235, p. 239

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