Multi-Modal Competition and the Future of Mail
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Multi-Modal Competition and the Future of Mail

Edited by Michael A. Crew and Paul R. Kleindorfer

This compilation of original papers selected from the 19th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics and authored by an international cast of economists, lawyers, regulators and industry practitioners addresses perhaps the most significant problem that has ever faced the postal sector – electronic competition from information and communication technologies. This has increased significantly over the last few years with a consequent serious drop in mail volume.
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Chapter 12: The Confluence of the Postal Sector with the Internet Economy and Regulation

John Hearn


* John Hearn† 27 1 OBJECTIVES OF THE CURRENT EUROPEAN REGULATORY FRAMEWORK The objective of this chapter is to identify how sector-specific regulation in the European Union (EU) might need to evolve in response to the confluence of the postal sector with the Internet economy. This section sets out the objectives of the current (2011) European regulatory framework. Section 2 examines market trends and considers how European postal markets might evolve over the coming years. Section 3 considers how regulatory frameworks might need to evolve to reflect these changes. Conclusions are set out in Section 4. Postal services are a service of general economic interest. As an essential instrument for communication and information exchange they fulfill a vital role which contributes to the objectives of social, economic and territorial cohesion in the EU. In addition, there are specific features of the traditional postal service offered by state-owned or -controlled enterprises, which necessitate special provisions in order to protect the public interest. Specifically enterprises providing such postal services act as agents for both the sender and the addressee. In common law countries such as Britain and Ireland ‘the post office becomes irrevocably the agent of the addressee’ immediately upon the posting of a postal packet and the sender of a postal packet has no right to reclaim it after it has been posted. However, even in jurisdictions where ownership remains with the sender until delivery1 or where it is permissible to withdraw a letter from the post or have its address altered...

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