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

No suprises in latest study on main postal sector developments
04 October 22 Cathrine Grimseid

The European Commission's latest study on developments in the postal sector shows that the overall decline in letter post and the increase in parcel volumes remains a driver for change in the sector. The financial sustainability of the universal service continues to be under pressure.

Postal stakeholders disagree on need to revise regulatory framework
03 October 22 Peter Dunn

Postal stakeholders hold strongly differing views on the future shape of the postal regulatory framework. Some, mostly traditional postal providers, seem to be largely content with today's framework, while others, mostly postal regulators, demand radical revisions to take account of market developments. The debate over the need (or not) to reform the European postal framework was at the heart of the discussions during the ERGP's stakeholder forum

Ofcom consults on details of changes to Royal Mail's regulatory reporting requirements
27 September 22 Michael van Maris van Dijk

Ofcom, the postal regulator in the United Kingdom, is consulting on new reporting requirements for the universal service provider (USP), Royal Mail. The consultation provides further details on the regulator's earlier decision to require the USP to submit annual and five-yearly financial forecasts to Ofcom and to report in more detail on its efficiency and financial sustainability metrics.

Glovo fined €79m for breaching labour rights for self-employed riders
27 September 22 Carmen Mateas

Press reports in Spain claim that the on-demand delivery platform Glovo must pay €79m (in fines and social security charges) for infringing delivery workers' employment rights. The reports claim that the Spanish Labour Inspectorate found that Glovo did not acknowledge employee status for more than 10,000 of its riders, and that the company allegedly hindered the investigations of the Inspectorate.

EU Timeline
14 September 22 Javier Huerta Bravo

This edition of Cullen International’s EU Timeline highlights key regulatory developments foreseen at EU level until the end of 2022.

Postal trade unions in Poland demand higher pay
13 September 22 Monika Kačeriaková

Polish postal trade unions complained about insufficient compensation of overtime for delivery postmen and demanded bonuses for all the postal employees of Poczta Polska.

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