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Public Compensation for Services of General Economic Interest: An Analysis of the 2011 European Commission Framework

Damien Geradin


I. Introduction For a long time, the legal regime applicable to State compensation for Services of General Economic Interest (“SGEIs”) was a source of uncertainty under State aid law. It is only in its Altmark judgment that the Court of Justice of the EU (“ECJ”) brought clarity on the matter by setting out the conditions under which SGEI compensation escapes State aid scrutiny.1 Drawing on the clarifications brought by the Altmark judgment, the Europe


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