Regulation Made Simple

Postal Regulation - Europe


Cullen International’s European Postal service covers a wide range of regulatory issues, which are organised into these seven main topics:

  • Parcel delivery (including other issues related to last mile delivery)
  • Universal Service Obligation (USO) and proposed changes
  • Price controls
  • Liberalisation of postal markets
  • Public Service Obligations (PSO)
  • Access to postal networks
  • Labour data and regulation
  • Market statistics
  • State Aid cases

The European Postal service covers eleven countries, providing:

  • updates on all major national and EU level developments, as they take place (Flash messages);
  • convenient and easy ways to track key regulatory initiatives (Trackers); 
  • benchmarking tables allowing efficient comparison of regulatory positions and pricing across Europe (Cross-Country Analysis); and
  • answers to specific regulatory questions at no extra cost (Enquiries).


EU level

National level

Institutions covered

Selection of issues covered

Countries covered

Selection of issues covered

European Commission


European Parliament

European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP)

Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU)

Court of First Instance (CFI)

Postal Directives

Proposed Regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services

EU rules on delivery of goods ordered online

Regulation on drones

Calculation of USO net cost

VAT for cross-border e commerce and postal services

State Aid decisions in the postal sector

Needs of postal consumers

Privatisation and IPO plans












Modernisation and changes in scope of the USO

Calculation, financing and governance of USO net cost

Retail and wholesale price controls

Postage prices

Implementation of the Postal Directive

NRA enforcement powers

Licensing and authorisation regimes

General obligations and licence conditions

Post office networks

Public Service Obligations

Downstream access

Labour related regulation and costs

State aid cases