© 2013

Social Services of General Interest in the EU

  • Ulla Neergaard
  • Erika Szyszczak
  • Johan Willem van de Gronden
  • Markus Krajewski

Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. General Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ulla Neergaard, Erika Szyszczak, Johan Willem van de Gronden, Markus Krajewski
      Pages 3-24
    3. Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen
      Pages 53-71
  3. Free Movement Law and Competition Law Perspectives

  4. Secondary and Soft Law

About this book


The EU has limited legislative competence in the field of social law. However, the Member States are increasingly modernizing social services and social (welfare) protection, attempting to make social services more efficient by increasingly looking to the market for the provision of such services. This policy move brings social services into the radar of EU law.  The EU response to this sensitive issue has resulted in a piecemeal and fragmented approach towards the treatment of a new policy area of Social Services of General Interest (SSGI) in EU law and policy.

This book is a first contribution towards charting how SSGI have emerged as a special category of SGI in the EU, the reaction of the Member States and stake-holders and how policy is being made through new governance processes, carve-outs and safe havens in legislation and soft law, especially in the light of the new values of the EU introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon 2009. It takes an inter-disciplinary approach and will be of interest to lawyers, economists and political scientists who are interested in EU policy-making as well as practioners, EU and national policy-makers.


Liberalisation Services of General Economic Interest (SGEIs) Social Europe Social Services of General Interest (SSGIs) Welfare States

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulla Neergaard
    • 1
  • Erika Szyszczak
    • 2
  • Johan Willem van de Gronden
    • 3
  • Markus Krajewski
    • 4
  1. 1., Faculty of LawUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen KDenmark
  2. 2., School of LawUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Faculty of LawRadboud UniversityNijmegenNetherlands
  4. 4., Fachbereich RechtswissenschaftUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

About the editors

Ulla Neergaard is Professor of EU law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Erika Szyszczak is a Jean Monnet Professor of European Law ad personam, Professor of European Competition and Labour Law at the University of Leicester, Barrister, Littleton Chambers, UK. Johan W. van de Gronden is Professor of European Law at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Markus Krajewski is Professor of Public and International law at the University of Erlangen-Nurem­berg.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Services of General Interest in the EU
  • Editors Ulla Neergaard
    Erika Szyszczak
    Johan Willem van de Gronden
    Markus Krajewski
  • Series Title Legal Issues of Services of General Interest
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2013
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-6704-875-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-6704-876-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 622
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Law
    Labour Law/Social Law
    Human Rights
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