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Handbook of Worldwide Postal Reform

Handbook of Worldwide Postal Reform

Advances in Regulatory Economics series

Edited by Michael A. Crew, Paul R. Kleindofer and James I. Campbell Jr

The postal and delivery sector has been the subject of considerable interest in recent years. This Handbook brings together a number of contributions directed at understanding developments in the field of postal reform. The authors review the experience and plans of individual countries to provide some perspective on the problems faced in the area and the varied approaches being taken to address it. They also review key elements of policy and strategy that are important in this debate.

Chapter 12: National Postal Policies in Europe on the Eve of the Third Directive

James I. Campbell Jr, Alex Kalevi Dieke and Antonia Niederprüm

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics


James I. Campbell Jr.,† Alex Kalevi Dieke‡ and Antonia Niederprüm‡ 1. INTRODUCTION This chapter offers a snapshot of the national postal laws of Europe as they stood in mid2006. By this time all of the then 25 member states of the European Union (EU) – even the 10 countries from eastern and southern Europe who joined in early 2004 – had had a minimum of several years to implement the Postal Directive of 1997 as amended in 2002.1 In 2006, the first draft of a third directive on postal services was still over the horizon.2 A look back at the state of play in mid-2006 offers both an opportunity to evaluate how earlier reforms turned out in fact and a glimpse into what may be expected in the wake of the recent amendment to the Postal Directive to accomplish ‘full market opening’.3 In the EU, a ‘directive’ is a framework law adopted at EU level institutions. To give effect to a directive, member states must adopt national laws that implement the directive. National laws may implement a directive in different ways and in some cases may fail to implement a directive fully. A directive, therefore, leaves room for substantial variation in national postal policies. A survey of postal practices among member states of the EU, prepared for the European Commission by the authors, revealed a persistent diversity of national postal traditions within the framework of reforming and harmonizing demands set down in the Postal Directive. Of course,...

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