About this consultation

Feedback period
31 July 2019 - 6 November 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
Topic
Competition

Target audience

The Commission wants to hear your views on whether the EU’s State aid rules for health and social Services of General Economic Interest (SGEIs) as updated in the so-called 2012 SGEI package met the objectives. In particular, we would like to hear from: SGEI providers, organisations representing SGEI users, research organisations and universities, as well as the general public.

Why we are consulting

The 2012 Service of General Economic Interest (SGEI) Package
In 2012, the Commission adopted the 2012 SGEI package. The overall objective of the package was to support Member States in funding SGEIs that are of key importance to citizens and society as a whole while preserving the key aspects of State aid control.
Health and social services
Health and social services form an essential part of the welfare system of Member States and are of crucial importance for citizens. They include medical care, long-term care, childcare, access to and reintegration into the labour market, social housing and the care and social inclusion of vulnerable groups. The 2012 SGEI package as regards health and social services aimed at simplifying compatibility criteria and reducing the administrative burden for Member States which compensate undertakings entrusted to provide such services to the (vulnerable part of the) population at affordable conditions. In this context, the 2012 SGEI Decision acknowledged that health and social services have specific characteristics that need to be taken into consideration. More compensation for these services was not necessarily considered to produce a greater risk of distortions of competition. Accordingly, compensation for health and social services was, under certain conditions, exempted from the notification obligation under Article 108 TFEU.
The goal of the present evaluation is to verify to which extent the rules applicable to health and social services reached these objectives and whether the rules are still appropriate in view of the development of the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice and sector developments.
SGEI de minimis Regulation
The SGEI de minimis Regulation will expire on 31 December 2020. In this regard, the Commission seeks a better understanding of the application and possible difficulties encountered by stakeholders, also in the light of a possible prolongation and possible amendments.

Responding to the questionnaire

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.

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