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Legislation > Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

About Services of General Economic Interest

Legislation in force

Following a public consultation and a thorough revision process, the Commission adopted the first three texts of the new SGEI package on 20 December 2011 in order to define the conditions under which State aid in the form of public service compensation can be considered compatible with the EU rules (Press release, Frequently asked questions).

On 25 April 2012 the Commission adopted, as the final pillar of the package, the de minimis Regulation for the field of SGEI (Press release).

Read more about the new package.

The Communication clarifies key concepts related to State aid for SGEIs, while the Decision and the Framework specify the conditions under which State aid in the form of public service compensation is compatible with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The de minimis Regulation establishes a threshold below which compensation is deemed no aid. The Decision and Framework are applicable from 31 January 2012. The de minimis Regulation will enter into force on the third day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

  • 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
    Official Journal C8, 11.01.2012, p. 4-14
  • Commission Decision of 20 December 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
    Official Journal L7, 11.01.2012, p. 3-10
  • Communication from the Commission, European Union framework for State aid in the form of public service compensation (2011)
    Official Journal C8, 11.01.2012, p. 15-22
  • 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
    Official Journal L 114 of 26.4.2012, p. 8

    Corrigendum to the Polish version - Official Journal L 290, 04.10.2014, p. 11

Member States reports on the application of the SGEI decision

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