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Social services of general interest: the Commission revises its ambitions downwards

(B2) It is now an established fact. The European Commission, which should publish a communication on November 20 on social services of general interest and services of general interest, has lowered its ambitions. The two subjects were originally to be the subject of two different communications. Finally, they will be one whole, paler than the first original version. To allow you to compare, here is the first version (which circulated), and the circulating version currently. You will be able to gauge, on November 20, what result will finally be achieved.

As for the directive on health services, rest assured -:), it continues on its merry way. Planned for the calendar of December 5, its designers have taken care to cross out anything that could closely or remotely resemble the Bolkestein directive or a notion of public service, to "avoid any ideological debate" as we like to repeat. to the Commission. But the stated objective of the directive "to open up the health market" remains intact. And to be honest, even more operational...


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).