Public services increasingly in private hands
The privatisation of public services has been advancing relentlessly in Europe since the 1980s. As 11Onze agent Jordi Coll warns, this process has meant that the provision of these services has been adapted to the logic of the market and the search for corporate profits.
The processes of privatisation of public services in Europe began in the 1980s, were consolidated in the 1990s with the Maastricht Treaty, and were given a final boost after the financial crash of 2007. But, as Jordi Coll warns, this privatisation “has meant subjecting them to the logic of market criteria and, therefore, of private profit”.
Our country has not been immune to this process. In fact, Coll points out that “for many years now, the different governments of the Generalitat have regulated the possibility of privatising many public services through initiatives and legislative formulas that, at times, are unjustifiable from the point of view of the common good”.
One example is the Aragonès Law, which “aims to regulate the way in which companies do business with the fundamental rights of society”. These are basic public services, such as communications, waste collection and health care, “all of which are very important for the proper respect and development of people’s dignity”, according to Jordi Coll.
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