A single market in postal services is on its way

Brussels, 18th December 2007 — The liberalisation of postal services across the EU has come a step closer today with the vote in the European Parliament’s Transport Committee on the recommendations for a second reading on the Internal Market in Community Postal Services.

Despite the attempt in Germany to derail liberalisation by squeezing private suppliers through minimum wage legislation, Sir Robert Atkins MEP, member of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee said:

“The negotiations earlier in the year have borne fruit. The Council’s common position has taken on board all the main recommendations put forward by the Transport Committee and as a result we have a piece of legislation that will finally pave the way for market liberalisation of postal services across the EU.”

“The Postal Services Directive as it stands guarantees the universal service, it ensures that postal workers are sufficiently protected, while allowing the industry to grow.”

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