L’Union européenne entrepreneur du service public international

Aurélien Desingly

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Relations between the European Union and public services are turbulent. On the surface, the European Union has ignored the concept of public service and has substituted for it, for the operation of networked public services, its doctrine of services of general interest and its subdivisions of economic, non-economic and social services of general interest.

In reality, the European Union is taking up the concept of public service to describe both the general functioning of its administrations and the tasks conferred on the specialised agencies it sets up to manage certain technical sectors. Moreover, the Union’s space policy marks the transition from a role of regulating national activities to a real political will to undertake activities and provide international public services by itself in the interest of its Member States and citizens.

International public service is an element which plays a dual role in the nature of the European Union: it strengthens Community integration on the road to a federal system and it is the driving force of the European Union, the justification for the development at Community level of activities which States could not undertake alone.

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  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

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Stéphane Rodrigues, L’Union européenne entrepreneur du service public international, September 2011, Concurrences N° 3-2011, Art. N° 38237, p. 239

Publisher L'Harmattan

Date 26 April 2011

Number of pages 330

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