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

Commission initiates process for possible future protection of platform workers
04 March 21 Peter Dunn

The European Commission is consulting on the possible need for EU-level action to protect the rights of workers in the gig economy, so-called "platform workers". The consultation document highlights seven areas that could be addressed, including their employment status, ensuring fair working conditions and access to social protection, and controls on the way that algorithms manage working relationships.

Spain's supreme court rules that Glovo riders are employees, and not self-employed
02 March 21 Carmen Mateas

On 25 September 2020, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that Glovo riders are employees working within the Glovo organisation and following instructions set by the company. They are not self-employed professionals. The court also rejected a request to ask the CJEU for a preliminary ruling, considering EU law to be clear on this matter.

UK supreme court rules that Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed
19 February 21 Peter Dunn

The UK Supreme Court decided that Uber drivers are workers and not independent self-employed contractors. The court discounted the lack of a specific employment contract between Uber and the drivers, focusing instead on the fact that Uber was exercising control over their work. The employment status of gig economy workers, including delivery drivers, has been the subject of a number of court decisions in different countries.

La Poste to limit the increase in press distribution tariffs due to the COVID-19 crisis
03 February 21 Virginie Alloo

The French regulator, ARCEP, has approved a moderate increase in the level of tariffs for the transport and distribution of the press proposed by La Poste for 2021. The price increase was limited in line with a specific requirement imposed by the government following the COVID-19 pandemic. La Poste's increased tariffs for the transport and distribution of the press aim to limit the budget deficit linked to this public service obligation as a result of declining volumes and their associated revenues in the French market.

Amazon launches local platform in Poland, challenging Allegro
02 February 21 Monika Kačeriaková

Amazon launches its local e-commerce platform in Poland, competing with the market leader Allegro. At the same time, the leading provider of parcel lockers, InPost, serving Allegro, floated on the stock market.

bpost to continue operational diversification while proposing new proximity services where needed
02 February 21 Virginie Alloo

bpost recently presented a new strategy aimed at accelerating its transformation into an "omni-commerce group". The Belgian postal operator aims to continue transforming its Belgian retail network into a commercial network serving both partners and society. In the meantime, the government has extended for one year the sixth SGEI management contract that was due to end in December 2020.

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