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Consultation on the new texts regarding the application of State aid rules to Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Policy field

State aid

Target group

Public authorities, administrations, SGEI users, SGEI providers, citizens, other stakeholders

Period of consultation

From 16.09.2011 to 21.10.2011

Objective of consultation

The European Commission publishes the proposals for the new texts regarding the application of state aid rules to Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) for consultation of Member States and stakeholders before submitting a final text to the College. The new rules are expected to be adopted by the end of January 2012. The Commission has already consulted extensively on the revision of the so-called Monti-Kroes package of rules applying to services that are of general interest but of economic nature, in other words where public and private sector cohabit.

In his speeches on the subject, Vice President Almunia has said that the main objective is to have clearer and simpler rules to make life easier for the public authorities and the service providers, to put less emphasis on local services that often involve small compensation amounts and focus more on the services that have a cross-border impact. He plans to extend the range of social services that are exempted from prior scrutiny - currently only hospitals and social housing benefit from such safe heaven - and to introduce a specific de minimis rule to exclude the very small and local services. The ultimate goal is to contribute to making services of general economic interest more efficient, including because public finances in many countries are in need of repair and taxpayers' money should be carefully spent.

View the consultation documents

  • Draft Communication from the Commission on the application of the European Union State aid rules to compensation granted for the provision of services of general economic interest
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  • Draft Commission Decision on the application of Article 106(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to State aid in the form of public service compensation granted to certain undertakings entrusted with the operation of services of general economic interest
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  • Draft Communication from the Commission: EU framework for State aid in the form of public service compensation (2011)
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  • Draft Commission Regulation on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid granted to undertakings providing Services of General Economic Interest
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  • Impact Assessment Report

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Commission Communication on the Reform of the EU State Aid Rules on Services of General Economic Interest: European Commission - Competition

Report on Application of EU State Aid rules on Services of General Economic Interest since 2005 and the Outcome of the Public Consultation: European Commission - Competition

Public consultation: The review of the State aid rules for services of general economic interest (June-September 2010) : European Commission - Competition

Member States' reports on the existing rules

Contact details

Responsible service: European Commission
DG Competition – unit A3
Consultation on the Review of the EU State Aid Rules on SGEI

E-mail address:
Ref.: HT 2807

Postal address: European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Consultation on the Review of the EU State Aid Rules on SGEI– HT 2807
State aid Registry
1049 Brussels
Fax (32-2) 296 64 11

Results of the consultation and next steps

Comments received during the consultation have been taken into account in the SGEI package adopted on 20 December 2011.

Replies to the consultation

Public Authorities - Member States
  • Austria de
  • Belgium fr/nl
  • Bulgaria bg
  • Czech Republic cs
  • Denmark en
  • Estonia en
  • Finland - Ministry of Employment and the Economy fi en
  • France en fr
  • Germany de
  • Hungary en
  • Italy it
  • Latvia lv
  • Lithuania lt
  • Netherlands nl
  • Poland pl
  • Romania ro
  • Slovakia sk
  • Spain es
  • Sweden - Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications Sweden en sv
  • United Kingdom en
Public Authorities - Other Public Authorities
  • Åland, Finland fi
  • Gouvernement de la Région wallonne et de la Communauté française fr
  • CEMR Council of European Municipalities and Regions en
  • Bundesvereinigung der kommunalen Spitzenverbände de
  • Munich City Council en en de
  • EBBK Bürogemeinschaft der Europabüros der bayerischen, baden-württembergischen und sächsischen Kommunen in Brüssel de
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority en
  • VNG IPO Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten en Provincies en
  • Norway en
  • Österreichischer Gemeindebund de
  • VKU Verband kommunaler Unternehmen de
  • Wiener Landesregierung de
Registered organisations
  • Aedes Dutch Association of social housing organiszations en
  • AFLRA Association of the Finnish Local and Regional Authorities en
  • ARF Association des Régions de France fr
  • Alliance Villes Emploi fr
  • BDI Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie de en
  • Business Europe en
  • CECODHAS Housing Europe en
  • VÖB Bundesverband öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands de
  • De Bandt Advocaten en
  • EAPB European Association of Public Banks en
  • EFSI European Federation for Services to Individuals en
  • EK Confederation of Finnish Industries en
  • ENSIE European Network of Social Integration Enterprises en fr
  • EPF European Property Federation en
  • Euromontana en
  • Federgon Federation des partenaires de l'emploi fr
  • FFE Federation of Finnish Enterprises en
  • FHP Fédération de l’Hospitalisation Privée fr
  • Rat der Evangelischen Kirche Deutschlands and Kommissariat der Deutschen Bischöfe de
  • La Poste fr
  • Mutualité Française fr
  • STKL The Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health en
  • UEAPME en
  • UEHP European Union of Private Hospitals en
  • UIPI Union Internationale de la Ppropriété Immobilière en
  • FEB Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique fr
  • Veolia Environnement en
  • VIRKE the Federation of Norwegian Enterprise en
Non-registered organisations
  • AD-PA Association des directeurs au service des personnes agées fr
  • AEM l’Association Européenne des élus de Montagne fr
  • BAGFW Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege de
  • BDE Bundesverband der Deutscchen Entsorgungs-, Wasser- und Rohstoffwirtschaft de
  • BDPK Bundesverband deutscher Privatkliniken de
  • Bundesverband privater Anbieter sozialer Dienste de
  • EPSU European Federation of Public Service Unions en
  • FFPI Free and Fair Post Initiative en
  • Fundación ONCE en
  • Poste italiane it
  • Ryanair en
  • SAW-B fr
  • UNCCAS Union nationale des centres communaux d'action sociale fr
  • Uniopss Union nationale interfédérale des oeuvres et organismes privés sanitaires et sociaux fr
  • VÖWG Verband der öffentlichen Wirtschaft und Gemeinwirtschaft Österreichs de
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