Since 2019, the European Commission has been carrying out an evaluation concerning the legislative package – approved in 2012 – on State Aid to Services of General Economic Interest ("SGEI"). The evaluation deals with the SGEI Communication, SGEI Decision, SGEI Framework and SGEI de minimis, insofar as they are applicable to health and social services.
The Commission communication sets out the path for a progressive phase-out of crisis measures under the State aid Temporary Framework, accompanied by measures to kick-start the economy and crowd-in private investment in the recovery phase; and the contribution of competition policy and its review to green and digital transition, and to a resilient Single Market.
This year’s Annual Sustainable Growth Survey outlines the policy priorities in the coming year and provides guiding principles for implementing them in the 2022 European Semester cycle. The European Semester provides a well-established framework for coordinating the economic and employment policies of the Member States and will continue to play this role in the recovery phase and in advancing on the twin transitions. Like in previous years, the policy priorities will be structured around the four dimensions of competitive sustainability and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Communication also sketches out the main characteristics of the 2022 European Semester cycle and explains the main changes compared to previous cycles, taking into account the need to adapt to the processes under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
The Action Plan for the Social Economy defines three priority areas: creating the right framework for the development of the sector, setting up opportunities for the development of social economy entities and pushing for the recognition of the social economy and its potential. The EESC welcomes this Action Plan and its various proposals to boost the social and economic role of the social economy. Its considers that it is essential to strengthen even further key areas such as the collaboration between public administrations and social economy organizations and the issues of state aid and taxation.