A political debate was launched on 23 March 2010, on reform of the state aid rules on Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) adopted in 2005. The general principle under the SGEI rules is that service providers may receive compensation commensurate with the cost (plus a reasonable profit) for carrying out a clearly defined public service obligation. The European Commission has launched the consultation to examine:  

  • Ways of clarifying the rules; and  
  • Offer a more diversified and proportionate response to scrutinising different types of SGEI.  

The aim is to make it simpler for public authorities to apply the rules for small-scale services which are localised and have limited impact on cross-border trade and for certain types of social services.

To access the Commission’s consultation click here