• Johan W. van de Gronden
Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)


In this concluding chapter, it will be examined to what extent the update of the Monti-Kroes package has shed more light on the relationship between the Treaty provisions on State aid and Services of General Economic Interest. It will be argued that the Commission has succeeded to make considerable progress in its update and modernisation of the ‘Altmark-Monti-Kroes Package’. Although a couple of issues remain to be settled, it is apparent from the analysis carried out in the present volume that many other problems are solved. By so doing, the Commission has contributed to the development of the EU approach to SGEI. Although the EU edifice for SGEI is far from finished, some important bricks of this building are identified in the updated ‘Altmark-Monti-Kroes package’. Competition and principles of good governance should play a key role. If these values are not satisfactorily adhered to by the Member States, the Commission is likely not to approve their measures to finance particular SGEI. As a result, the updated ‘Altmark-Monti-Kroes Package’ should be regarded as an important development, which could, eventually, lead to convergence of the national policies for the provision of SGEI.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International and EuropeanLaw Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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