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European customers deserve free competition in postal services

Whilst the first reading by the European Parliament of the controversial proposal of EU directive on ‘the full accomplishment of the internal market of Community postal services’ is scheduled this week, the European Liberal Youth – LYMEC – wishes to restate its firm belief in a full and swift liberalisation of EU postal services.

The first Postal Services Directive, adopted in 1997, and a second one, adopted in 2002, succeeded in opening up a number of postal services, including the delivery of parcels and express services, but stopped short of imposing competition for the delivery of letters weighing less than 50 grammes, the so-called “reserved area” – which represents more than 70% of all letter post in the EU. The postal sector is of major economic importance, affecting the competitiveness of many other sectors and generating an annual turnover of approximately 1% of EU GDP.

Roger Albinyana i Saigi, President of LYMEC, commented: ‘Nowadays, more and more individuals and businesses prefer to use e-mails rather than ‘snail’ mails, but one has to acknowledge the economic as well as societal importance of postal services. The liberalisation of postal services has the potential to offer a much better quality of service and price competitiveness to EU citizens that existing State-owned monopolies. We observed it with the liberalisation of other former public utilities, such as telecoms and airlines, and there is no reason why market would fail in this case’.

Before adding: ‘We concur with the Universal Service Obligation (USO) according to which mail should be collected and delivered at least once a day, five days a week, but we believe that there are better ways of financing that obligation than by asking competitors to pay a fee to enter previously protected markets. The USO is imposed by the State, so it should be funded by its budget. Why refusing transparency to EU citizens?’

Aloys Rigaut, Vice-President of LYMEC, stressed: ‘This process of liberalisation was initiated 15 years ago and is now largely overdue. The latent protectionnism of some Member States is not tolerable and one should stick to the agreed 2009 deadline rather than postponing deadlines again by 2 or 3 years. Citizens have enough of waiting, enough of long queues and poor customer service. We cry for more responsiveness to users, more competition’.

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