635 Public Services

635 Public Services

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1st Cycle
  • 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Study field: Public Administration Module
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 15
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Mirko Pečarič, PhD


1. Objectives and competences


  • student knows the basic principles and criteria for the definition of public services and basic characteristics of a specific legal regime of public services.
  • Student can identify and distinguish various types and ways and forms of public service.
  • Student is able to analyze the implementation of specific public services in specific cases.
  • Students are familiar with the basic guidelines of public service arrangements in the EU and future trends


  • understanding of the basic reasons for the creation of public service
  • ability to distinguish different types and forms of public services
  • Understanding of content and other institutions relevant to the understanding of law and public service providers to differentiate them from public service
  • Ability to understand, identify and interpret with the operation of public service-related problems in their environment and society,
  • ability to design appropriate solutions and applications of certain rules on the organization and functioning of public services in specific cases

2. Content

  • The definition of public services (concept, creation and development of public services, their role and importance in society, regulation in the EU, the nature of public services)
  • The legal regime of public service (conditions for the creation, the manner and forms of implementation, the protection of consumer rights, finance and control)
  • The liberalization of public services
  • Forms of implementation of the utilities (overhead facility, a public commercial institution, a public company, the concession of public capital investment)
  • Overhead plant, a public company and commercial public institution (the creation, the founder's rights, authorities, financing)
  • The concession and public capital investment
  • Forms of implementing non-commercial public service
  • Public Service and concession
  • Public infrastructure in the area of public service
  • Financing of public services
  • Control of public service
  • Other public service and public interest activities

3. Readings

  • M. Pečarič, B. Bugarič, Javne službe. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo, 2011. VI, 254 str.
  • M.Krajewski, U.Neergaard, J.van de Groonden, eds., The Changing Legal Framework for Sevices of General Interest In Europe: Between Competition and Solidarity (T.M.C.Asser Press, 2009), str.1-267.
  • E. Szyszczak, The Regulation of the State in Competitive Markets in the EU, Oxford 2007, 1, 4, 5, 7, poglavje (150 strani)

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students learn about and understand the underlying reason for the creation of public services and basic principles of their operation. They know and understand the organization and operation of public utility, user’s rights and their protection. The students are able to distinguish public service from other activities, which are also in the public interest.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

6. Assessment

Written exam (100%)