UDC 339.977:061.1
Biblid: 1451-3188, 11 (2012)
Vol. 12, No 39-40, pp. 179-193

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Jovanić Tatjana (Правни факултет Београду), jovanictatjana@gmail.com

So far, in EU law there has been no coherent group of horizontal rules focused on consumer protection in the domain of services of general economic interest. The concept of service of general economic interest is not strictly defined. In the 1980s, when industries entered liberalization throughout the EU, legislators created specific sector frameworks for selected services of general economic interest, due to specificities of such sectors. Legislators of the member states and European legislator as well, did not aim to create a uniform regulatory strategy for all sectors involving services of general economic interest. Rules on services of general economic interest involve the duty to specify universal service, protect safety and health of consumers, their economic interests and they also aim to grant certain rights to consumers which cannot contract out. The EU institutions require from the member states to secure a high level of consumer protection and an active role in oversight. The purpose of this paper is to explore what a service of general economic interest is as well the controversies in defining such a service, mostly through the prism of the Commission’s approach to SGEI.

Keywords: Services of general economic interest, universal service, internal market, European Union