Services of General Economic Interest: Towards Common Values?

23 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2015

Date Written: September 21, 2015


The aim of the article is to analyse the concept of services of general economic interest (SGEI). It tries to answer the questions whether there are common values for such services and whether such services can be universally defined. Such analysis starts with concepts that originated with the European lawmaker when it introduced SGEI. Later, the article focuses on the rationale for introducing this concept. The main part of the article analyses the EU case law concerning different sectors of the economy, in which specific services were recognized as SGEI to find some common values that such services share. In the end, the article focuses on the borders of freedom of the Member States to determine such services.

Keywords: Competition law, Services of General Economic Interest, Public Services, Market Failure

JEL Classification: K2, L51, H44

Suggested Citation

Maziarz, Aleksander, Services of General Economic Interest: Towards Common Values? (September 21, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Aleksander Maziarz (Contact Author)

Kozminski University ( email )

ul. JagielloDska 57/59
Warsaw, 03-303

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