services of general interest/services of general economic interest

These new EU-official terms are intended to replace the GATS-ambiguous terms used by Americans and Britons (in the EU) and clearly explain the definition of what services are supposed to be commercial (including most of what used to be called public services) and what are the government itself and its functional elements.

This shows an interesting fact,  the UK perhaps wanted the public to remain confused about which is which? I have no idea but would be very interested in hearing your (readers) slant on that.

Use the feedback form to email me. This term is a EU creation that shows the impact of GATS, especially on language.

(and also of the European Commission's GATS-conforming law - the so called Services Directive

Services of general interest

(portion of which is copied below here)

Definition of services of general interest
Services of general interest are services that public authorities of the EU member countries classify as being of general interest and, therefore, subject to specific public service obligations. They can be provided either by the state or by the private sector.

Examples of services of general interest include: public transport, postal services, and healthcare.

There are three categories of services of general interest: economic, non-economic and social.

Services of general economic interest, which are basic services that are carried out in return for payment, such as postal services. These services are subject to European internal market and competition rules. However, there may be derogations to these rules if necessary to protect citizens' access to basic services. (See this SSRN article for an explanation and the term's history)

Non-economic services, such as the police, justice and statutory social security schemes, are not subject to specific European legislation or to internal market and competition rules.
Social services of general interest are those that respond to the needs of vulnerable citizens, and are based on the principles of solidarity and equal access. They can be both of an economic or non-economic nature. Examples include social security schemes, employment services and social housing.

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EU action
In 2011, the EU adopted the Quality Framework for Services of General Interest (SGI) in the EU. The SGI
clarifies how EU rules apply to basic services, as well as the revisions that have been made to these rules, where necessary, to ensure specific needs are addressed ensures access to essential services for all citizens
promotes quality in the field of social services and highlights achievements as models for other basic services

As a follow up, European public procurement rules were also modernised, and new legislation was introduced that clarifies the application of state aid rules to the services of general economic interest.