• Ulla Neergaard
  • Erika Szyszczak
  • Johan Willem van de Gronden
  • Markus Krajewski
Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)


The chapters in this book reveal the concept SSGIs may be viewed in a wider context to embrace a range of social services organised at the national level. The concept is also emerging in a different context through a range of exemptions or special treatment given to social services in European Union (EU) secondary law and soft law policy documents. The current economic crisis in Europe has highlighted the important role that social services play in the historical and cultural tradition of Europe. Traditionally, such services are closely linked to citizenship and nationality entitlements within the ‘bounded’ nation-state and are underpinned by the principle of solidarity. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has taken the view that EU law does not limit the powers of the Member States to organise their social welfare systems.


European Union General Economic Interest European Union Competition European Union Rule Public Service Obligation 
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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the editors 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulla Neergaard
    • 1
  • Erika Szyszczak
    • 2
  • Johan Willem van de Gronden
    • 3
  • Markus Krajewski
    • 4
  1. 1.The Law Faculty of the University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.The University of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  3. 3.Faculty of LawRadbouw University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Faculty of LawUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany

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