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Title: The access to services of general economic interest as Human right
Authors: Anjos, Maria do Rosário
Mimoso, Maria João
Keywords: Accessibility principle
Human rights
SGEI
Social setbacks
Universal service
Issue Date: May-2019
Citation: Anjos, M. R., & Mimoso, M. J. (2019). The access to services of general economic interest as Human right. In V. Beker, A. Lackovic, & G. Pavelin (eds.), Economic and Social Development (Book of Proceedings), 40th International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10th-11th May 2019 (pp. 127-133). Disponível no Repositório UPT, http://hdl.handle.net/11328/2824
Abstract: The concept of services of general economic interest (SGEI) was enshrined in the Treaty of Rome in Article 90 (2) of its original version. It remained unchanged until the current version introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. The services that public authorities of the EU member countries classify as being of general interest are, therefore, subject to specific public service obligations. They can be provided either by the state or by the private sector. The article 106 (2) TUE shows the importance of SGEI's by preserving the possibility of subtracting them from the principle of free competition which underlies the entire economic law of the EU. These are very profitable, monopolistic or oligopolistic economic activities, with all the resulting risks. We are talking about electricity, gas, water, telecommunications, transport, postal services, among others. The importance of access to these SGEI's led to the concept of universal service, it means that the goods and services they produce are essential to citizens life and social welfare (general interest), and, therefore, they are very important to the accomplishment of human rights and safeguard the survival and dignity of citizens. It is in this context that the principle of banning social setbacks Is particularly important. This study intends to reflect about the fundamental right of access to the services of general economic interest as an efective human right.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11328/2824
ISSN: 1849-7535
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