The Reform of Network Industries
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The Reform of Network Industries

Evaluating Privatisation, Regulation and Liberalisation in the EU

Edited by Massimo Florio

Network industries such as electricity, gas, rail, local public transport, telecommunications and postal services are recognised by the EU as crucial for fostering European social and territorial cohesion. Providing an overview of key policy reforms in these industries and an empirical evaluation, this thought-provoking book offers a critical perspective on the functioning of the networks that provide vital services to EU citizens.
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Chapter 6: National public missions, diversity of operators and competition: postal services in the European Union

Philippe Bance

Abstract

The opening up to competition promoted by the European Union and the decrease of the traditional mail activity have brought profound changes in the postal sector. The purpose of this chapter is to analyse, within this new environment, the transformation of operators’ ownership and behaviour and also of the public service obligation assigned to operators by national authorities. In this sector comprises a great diversity of strategies and a variety of conceptions on the part of national public authorities, characterising the coexistence in Europe of multiple models.

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