Legal issues of services of general interest.
This book examines the impact of EU trade and investment agreements on public services, a topic that continues to be the subject of heated political debate. It surveys a broad range of EU agreements and provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of the rules and disciplines of such agreements that can affect the provision of public services. Going beyond the existing literature, it asks whether the treatment of public services in EU trade and investment agreements is coherent with the special status of public services in "internal" EU law, specifically internal market law, while also challenging the notion that trade and investment agreements automatically pose serious threats to public services. The book will be of keen interest to legal scholars and students specialising in EU and/or international economic law together with national and international policy-makers. Luigi F. Pedreschi is affiliated to the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and currently works as a Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, also located in Florence.
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Chapter 1. An Introduction to Public Services and EU Law Chapter 2. Reframing the Debate: Public Services and International Economic Law Chapter 3. EU Trade and Investment Policy: The Role of Public Services Chapter 4. Scope: Determining the Breadth of the Internal and External Frameworks Chapter 5. Disciplines of the Internal and External Frameworks: Form, Application, and Effect Chapter 6. Safeguarding Public Services: Exceptions and Derogations of the Internal and External Frameworks Chapter 7. Enforcement of EU Trade and Investment Agreements Chapter 8. Conclusions Appendix Cases and Decisions Index.
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