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 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.

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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

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

ComReg aims to amend the scope of postal universal service obligations
16 July 18 Tomasz Kulinski

The Irish regulator is consulting on whether to reduce the scope of the postal universal service. ComReg proposes to remove bulk mail services and delivery services for parcels weighing more than 10kg from the universal service obligation, taking account of market changes since 2012.

European Commission orders Spain to recover €167m of state aid from Correos
13 July 18 Armen Ghalumyan

The European Commission found that government compensation paid to Correos, the Spanish national postal operator, was incompatible with the EU state aid rules. The Commission ordered Spain to recover state aid of about €167m. The payments related mainly to the provision of universal postal services during 2004-2010.

Dutch government announces review of current regulation to maintain the universal service in the future
09 July 18 Martin Schraa

Sector-specific regulation should be reduced to enable an affordable universal service in the future, according to the Dutch government. It expects that mail will become part of a broader delivery market which would include letters and parcels, as well as goods and services such as meal boxes, “or an even broader market for logistic services”.

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