About: Postal services

Digital 25-05-2016

Spotify spared from Commission’s geoblocking plans for now

The European Commission has narrowly avoided a showdown with the music industry and e-book publishers over its new plans to stop e-commerce firms charging buyers more if they live in certain EU countries.
Transport 28-07-2008

France seeks financing solution for universal mail service

With new EU rules requiring national postal operators to give up lucrative lingering monopolies by 2011, France is looking for new funding mechanisms to ensure that even citizens in its remotest areas continue to receive an affordable, six-days-a-week service, EURACTIV.fr reports.
Competition 02-07-2008

Court overrules Commission on illegal postal aid

A European court has dealt a blow to the EU executive by overturning its 2002 decision to confiscate "illegal" state aid received by the German postal operator. The ruling took place just one week after Brussels announced tougher action against mail operators attempting to shield their remaining monopolies. 
Competition 01-07-2008

Interview: Dutch ‘not backtracking’ on mail opening

Speaking to EURACTIV, Dutch state secretary for economic affairs Frank Heemskerk rejected allegations that his country was "backtracking" on liberalising its postal market, saying he was committed to the fight for a level playing field across Europe.
Competition 25-06-2008

Commission announces crackdown on mail monopolies

Speaking at a high-level conference on postal liberalisation on Tuesday (24 June), the EU's commissioners for competition and the internal market warned countries with lingering postal monopolies to open up or face legal action. 
Competition 12-06-2008

EU’s postal plans run into teething troubles

Germany's Deutsche Post yesterday (11 June) filed an official complaint with the European Commission against the Dutch government's decision to delay the opening of its mail market. The move comes amid increasing concern over the difficulties linked to the practical implementation of new EU rules.

Germany’s minimum postal wage ruled illegal

The introduction by the German government of a minimum wage of €9.80 an hour for all postal workers has been ruled illegal by a Berlin court, marking a victory for foreign operators wishing to enter the country's recently opened postal market.
Transport 01-02-2008

Postal liberalisation approved amid bitter wage battle

A vote in the European Parliament paving the way for unbridled competition among postal operators has been welcomed by many as a key step in improving the quality and efficiency of mail services across Europe. But others fear the new law will lead to massive job cuts and a deterioration of working conditions.
Transport 07-12-2007

Dutch delay postal liberalisation

The liberalisation of the Dutch postal market will not go ahead as planned on 1 January 2008 due to the "lack of a level playing field", notably caused by the introduction of a minimum wage for postmen in Germany. The delay highlights the difficulties linked to the practical implementation of new EU rules on opening up European postal markets to competition.
Transport 21-11-2007

Scaled-down public services proposal under fire

The Commission's decision to scale down its ambitions for public service regulation has been met with contempt by trade unions, public employers, NGOs and the Socialist Group in the European Parliament.
Transport 14-11-2007

Interview: EU must focus on financing universal postal service

As rules on liberalising Europe's postal markets look to be adopted in the New Year, Pál Szabó, CEO of Hungary's Magyar Posta, points to a number of "bad experiences" in countries that have already opened up their postal markets to competition and stresses the need for a "sustainable financing solution" to allow operators to continue providing citizens with quality mail delivery.
Transport 02-10-2007

EU pushes through postal services liberalisation

Member states have reached a compromise deal to liberalise postal services in the EU by 2011, following 20 years of Commission-led negotiations to open up the sector. Luxembourg and ten other member states were granted two-year exemptions.
Transport 28-09-2007

Interview: Portugal eyes end to ‘mail battle’

Mário Lino, Portugal's minister in charge of postal affairs, has spoken to EURACTIV about his hopes of clinching a political agreement on the sensitive subject of opening up national mail services to full competition, at a meeting of EU transport and communications ministers next week.
Transport 12-07-2007

Parliament votes to delay postal liberalisation

Despite strong opposition from postal workers, members of the European Parliament gave the green light to postal liberalisation. Nevertheless, MEPs agreed that member states should have at least an extra two years – until 2011 – before having to complete full market opening.
Transport 10-07-2007

Postal reform comes under Parliament scrutiny

The European Parliament will, on 10 July 2007, vote on controversial plans to open up European postal markets to competition – a move feared by trade unions and lingering national monopolies, but which the Commission says is essential for the survival of the sector and will make services cheaper, faster and more innovative.
Transport 19-06-2007

MEPs agree two-year mail-reform delay

Members of Parliament’s transport committee overwhelmingly voted in favour of delaying the liberalisation of Europe's postal markets to 2011, in a move that will displease Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy.
Transport 08-06-2007

France and Germany clash on mail liberalisation

A Commission proposal to open Europe's postal markets to full competition provoked a rift between member states as France, with the support of trade unions across Europe, opposed the 2009 deadline upheld by EU Presidency-holder Germany.
Transport 31-05-2007

Postal liberalisation set for delay

Members of a key committee in the European Parliament are set to demand a delay in reforms as plans to subject Europe's postal sector to full liberalisation by 2009 sparks fury among postal workers across the continent.
Transport 26-04-2007

Interview: Parliament readies for ‘mail battle’

German MEP Markus Ferber, rapporteur on postal reform, has sided with his native country's view that the postal market should be fully liberalised by 2009. He shared his views with EURACTIV ahead of key Parliament committee votes on 2-8 May.
Transport 12-12-2006

Losing universal service main fear in ‘mail battle’

In a lively debate on 11 December 2006, EU ministers held their first formal discussion on the Commission’s controversial proposal to subject postal markets to unrestricted competition by 2009.
Competition 19-10-2006

Member states prepare for mail battle

On 18 October 2006, the Commission adopted a plan for opening up postal markets to unrestricted competition by 2009. The question now is not ‘when?’, but ‘how?’.
Competition 17-10-2006

Commission to push for open postal markets by 2009

Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy will unveil a new proposal on 18 October 2006 to suppress lingering monopolies in the European postal services market.
Competition 29-09-2006

ECJ rules against ‘golden shares’

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 28 September 2006 ruled against the Netherlands holding a “golden share” in postal-services provider TNT.