The Inter-Relationship between the Structural Funds and the Provision of Services of General (Economic) Interest and the Potential for Cross-Border Service Delivery

15-10-2010

This study aims to provide a detailed and critical analysis of Services of General (Economic) Interest in the 27 Member States and their regions and the scope of EU regional policy in their financing. In particular, the study discusses the different definitions and traditions in place, the main issues at stake in the policy debate, the levels of provision in the different countries and regions and the scope and use of Structural Funds to support the provision of those services.

This study aims to provide a detailed and critical analysis of Services of General (Economic) Interest in the 27 Member States and their regions and the scope of EU regional policy in their financing. In particular, the study discusses the different definitions and traditions in place, the main issues at stake in the policy debate, the levels of provision in the different countries and regions and the scope and use of Structural Funds to support the provision of those services.

External author

DEAS, Department of Economics, Business and Statistics, University of Milan (Milan, Italy) ; CIRIEC International (Liège, Belgium) ; CSIL, Centre for Industrial Studies (Milan, Italy) and PPMI, Public Policy and Management Institute (Vilnius, Lithuania)