Legal Issues of Services of General Interest


Services of General Interest (SGI) have been high on the political agenda in Europe as a result of EU liberalisation measures and the case law of the European Courts. Of crucial concern are questions of the role of essential services accepted under traditional welfare state models in Europe, which are still seen as essential in modern society. The aim of the Series is to sketch the framework for SGIs in the EU and to explore the issues raised by developments related to these services. The Series encompasses, inter alia, analyses of EU internal market, competition law, legislation (such as the Services Directive), international economic law and national (economic) law from a comparative perspective. Sector-specific approaches will also be covered (health, social services). In essence, the present Series addresses the emergence of a European Social Model and will therefore raise issues of fundamental and theoretical interest in Europe and the global economy.