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State Aid Requirements for Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Learn when the compensation for SGEI constitutes State aid and get advice from experts from the European Commission, other Member States and leading law offices.

The link between State Aid Law and the provision of SGEI causes uncertainty among public authorities as they face a conflict of interests: On the one hand, public bodies are obligated to guarantee the supply of public services. On the other hand the providers of SGEI may not be overcompensated and competition may not be distorted. Furthermore, each Member State has the discretion to define which services fall under the SGEI, so the same service can be qualified in different way.

Day 1:

  • Concept and Definition of SGEI
  • Recent developments on the SGEI in the case law
  • How to Define the Market Gap and Justify Imposition of a Public Service Obligation

Day 2:

  • Practical Application of SGEI in various sectors:
    • Energy
    • Transports
    • Postal Services
    • Social Sector: Public Funding of Hospitals, Social Housing, Insurance and other services

The participants will be actively involved in the training. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunities to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.


3 Mar 2020 @ 09:00 am

4 Mar 2020 @ 04:30 pm

Duration: 1 days, 7 hours


Maastricht University – Campus Brussels

153 Avenue de Tervueren

1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre


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