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Assessment of EU Postal Sector Policy during the Second Barroso Administration (2010-2014)


  • Christian Jaag
  • Urs Trinkner
  • Jeffrey Yusof


This paper assesses the EU postal sector policy of the second Barroso Commission from 2010 to 2014. The main goal of the Commission is to achieve a single European market for postal services. The paper distinguishes between the following three objectives, whose implementation should lead to the achievement of an internal postal market: implementation of the Third Postal Directive; fostering e-commerce and parcel delivery; and enforce its State aid framework in the postal sector. The analysis shows that almost all Member States have transposed the Directive into national law and fully liberalized their markets, but nevertheless competition in all Member States has only developed to a limited extent. While there is strong growth of the e-commerce sector, a consistent alignment of State Aid policy with USO and full market opening is still under development. The current design of the USO and its financing may not be appropriate in times of fast changing technology and consumer needs. Therefore, the paper presents new approaches, suggesting to include new technologies or even proposing to establish an intermodal USO for postal and telecommunication services.

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  • Christian Jaag & Urs Trinkner & Jeffrey Yusof, 2014. "Assessment of EU Postal Sector Policy during the Second Barroso Administration (2010-2014)," Working Papers 0050, Swiss Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:chc:wpaper:0050

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    1. Joost Vantomme, 2014. "Re-regulation for parcel delivery in the e-commerce context?," Chapters,in: The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age, chapter 10, pages 131-145 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Dietl Helmut M & Jaag Christian & Lang Markus & Trinkner Urs W.O., 2011. "Competition and Welfare Effects of VAT Exemptions," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 11(1), pages 1-29, April.
    3. Helmuth Cremer & Philippe De Donder & François Boldron & Bernard Roy, 2008. "Social Costs and Benefits of the Universal Service Obligation in the Postal Market," Chapters,in: Competition and Regulation in the Postal and Delivery Sector, chapter 2 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Christian Jaag & Urs Trinkner & Topias Uotila, 2014. "Regulation and the burden of the net cost resulting from the Universal Service Obligation," Chapters,in: The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age, chapter 15, pages 204-213 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    5. Helmut Dietl & Christian Jaag & Markus Lang & Martin Lutzenberger & Urs Trinkner, 2011. "Impact of VAT Exemptions in the Postal Sector on Competition and Welfare," Chapters,in: Reinventing the Postal Sector in an Electronic Age, chapter 19 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. Christian Jaag, 2010. "Bestimmungsfaktoren für die Wettbewerbsentwicklung in Briefmärkten," Economics Musings 0001, Swiss Economics.
    7. Jaag, Christian, 2014. "Postal-sector policy: From monopoly to regulated competition and beyond," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 266-277.
    8. Matthias Finger & Dominique Finon, 2011. "From ‘Service Public’ to Universal Service: The Case of the European Union," Chapters,in: International Handbook of Network Industries, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    9. Christian Jaag & Urs Trinkner, 2012. "Defining and financing an intermodal USO," Working Papers 0035, Swiss Economics.
    10. Richard Eccles, 2014. "The regulatory treatment of end-to-end competition in the UK postal sector," Chapters,in: The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age, chapter 7, pages 93-105 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    11. Christian Jaag & Urs Trinkner, 2011. "The future of the USO - Economic rationale for universal services and implications for a future-oriented USO," Working Papers 0026, Swiss Economics.
    12. Christian Jaag, 2010. "Compensating the Net Cost of Universal Postal Services," Working Papers 0017, Swiss Economics.
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    Barroso Commission; Postal Sector; Universal Service Obligation; State Aid; E-Commerce;

    JEL classification:

    • L43 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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