2012 Framework on Public Compensation for SGEIs: Application in the Postal Sector

27 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2013  

Damien Geradin

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC); University College London - Faculty of Laws

Christos Malamataris

Covington & Burling

Date Written: March 24, 2013

Abstract

The legal rules applicable to State compensation for services of general economic interest (“SGEIs”) were recently revised by the European Commission. This led to the adoption of the “2012 SGEI Package”. The most contentious document of this Package, the “2012 Framework”, sets out the conditions for the compatibility of SGEI compensation with the internal market. Against this background, the Commission has recently shown an increased interest in the application of the State aid rules to the postal sector and seems determined to continue scrutinizing the sector in the future. This paper aims to analyse the specific rules of the Framework and look closer at the way they (could) apply to the postal sector, with references to the decisional practice of the Commission.

Keywords: State aid, European union, competition, SGEI, services of general economic interest, compensation, universal service

JEL Classification: K21, L1, L43, L97

Suggested Citation

Geradin, Damien and Malamataris, Christos, 2012 Framework on Public Compensation for SGEIs: Application in the Postal Sector (March 24, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2233200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2233200

Damien Geradin (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC)

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Christos Malamataris

Covington & Burling ( email )

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