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State-owned Enterprise
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[German Version]

A state-owned or public enterprise in the strict sense is an enterprise (Corporation) run by public authorities at various hierarchical levels. Its purpose is to produce and supply public goods and services. Such enterprises serve the public interest; by the principle of equality in German Basic Law art. 3, no one can be excluded from their use and enjoyment. Public goods include the maintenance of public safety (Security, Internal and external), monitoring of the economy and the …

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Kreikebaum, Hartmut, “State-owned Enterprise”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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