The EU Commission launches a package on State aid for services of general economic interest

"Public service compensation in practice: Commission package on State aid for Services of General Economic Interest"* Introduction One of the first initiatives within the Framework of the State Aid Action Plan has been the launch of the Commission package on state aid and the financing of public service, so-called services of general economic interest, on 13 July 2005 [1]. In its July 2003 Altmark judgment [2], the Court stated that public service compensation is not state aid if it fulfils four conditions: The public service should be clearly defined; the parameters of the compensation should be objective and established in advance; the compensation cannot exceed costs; and the company in charge of the mission should be either chosen through public procurement ‘which would allow

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Lars Peter Svane, The EU Commission launches a package on State aid for services of general economic interest, 13 juillet 2005, e-Competitions State aid and Service of General Economic Interest, Art. N° 36845

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