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SERVICES OF GENERAL ECONOMIC INTEREST
Services of general economic interest (SGEI) are commercial services of general economic utility subject to public-service obligations. Transport, energy, communications and postal services are prime examples.
The Treaty of Lisbon breaks new ground:
Free market and competition rules apply to undertakings responsible for managing SGEIs so long as these rules do not prevent them from accomplishing their tasks in the general interest.