postal regulation

The postal sector is changing fast. As the traditional market enters a steep decline, e-commerce is driving rapid and unprecedented growth in parcel delivery - all of which has an impact on the way the sector is regulated.

At Cullen International, we provide independent and expert insight into the past, present and future of EU postal regulation. Subscribe to our intelligence services, and we’ll help you to stay informed as the sector evolves and to understand how that evolution affects you.

general topics covered

Universal service obligations

Use our Postal service to stay informed on the steps taken by regulators to maintain the sustainability of the universal service despite the decline in traditional postal volumes. Track and compare different national regimes, and anticipate new rules and reforms on an EU level. Topics covered include :

  • The Postal Services Directive
  • Universal service scope and changes
  • Price caps
  • Funding

E-commerce has led to rapid growth in the parcel sector, driving providers to innovate and diversify to rise to new challenges and meet changing consumer expectations. As national and EU-level regulation enters the picture, our intelligence services provide an essential independent resource on this transformative trend. Topics covered include:

  • Horizontal consumer protection rules
  • New postal sector rules on parcel delivery
  • Alternative means of delivery
  • VAT and customs

latest intelligence

Irish parcel operators face fierce competition in a growing e-commerce delivery market
11 June 21 Celine Senay

A report from Irish regulator ComReg highlights that e-commerce is the key driver for the significant growth in demand for parcel delivery services. Parcel delivery operators have responded to postal users’ needs, providing better and more flexible delivery services, with new features. However, the market is highly competitive, with e-commerce retailers, especially the major players, able to negotiate discounted prices.

Infringement proceedings against Greece for non-compliance with postal VAT rules
09 June 21 Peter Dunn

The European Commission has taken infringement proceedings against Greece for failing to respect the VAT rules on postal services. The Commission decided to send a letter of formal notice to Greece for wrongly continuing to exempt from VAT individually negotiated services provided by the USP, Hellenic Post (ELTA).

EU General Court partially annuls Commission's state aid clearance for Post Danmark
20 May 21 Peter Dunn

The General Court of the EU (GC) partially annulled the European Commission's 2018 decision to approve state aid funding for Post Danmark. In particular, the GC found that the Commission was incorrect in deciding that a specific VAT exemption and capital increases for Post Danmark did not constitute state aid.

Portuguese NRA approves final decisions on the future of universal service provision
17 May 21 Teresa Felix

ANACOM approved the obligations that must be observed by the future universal service provider after the end of the current concession. The approved decisions maintain most of the proposals set out in the draft decisions of June 2020.

Spain riders' law, presuming riders to be employees, enters into force next August
14 May 21 Carmen Mateas

Royal decree-law 9/2021 was published on 12 May 2021, applying from 12 August 2021. The law (known as the “riders' law”) amends Spain's labour legislation “to guarantee the labour rights of people working in delivery services in the context of digital platforms”.

ERGP proposes change to pre-assessment filter so fewer cross-border parcel tariffs would be assessed
07 May 21 Armen Ghalumyan

The ERGP proposes that the percentage used in the pre-assessment filter mechanism for cross-border parcel tariffs should be reduced from the current 25% to 20%, possibly as from 2022. By reducing the number of tariffs to be assessed by NRAs, the administrative burden for NRAs and USPs would be lessened, while maintaining the regulatory requirement to identify unreasonably high tariffs. This was the conclusion of the ERGP’s input, as requested by the European Commission.

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