Thursday, January 11, 2018
Erika Szyszczak analyzes Services of General Economic Interest, State Aid and State Measures Affecting Competition.
ABSTRACT: Following two public consultations leading to an amendment1 to the State aid General Block Exemption (GBER)2 the European Commission has continued a policy of identifying areas where public support of projects will be in the public interest and deemed not to affect competition and trade between the Member States to a significant degree. This amendment will obviate the need for the Member States to declare such projects as a Service of General Economic Interest (SGEI) and work through the complex and technical legal framework governing the funding of SGEI projects. As this, and previous Surveys show, funding for airports and infrastructure projects has created a number of legal issues for the European Commission. Now Member States may make public investments in regional airports handling up to 3 million passengers per year.