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Scepticism about further deregulation of postal services

“In order to ensure good and affordable services in rural areas, Member States should be allowed to maintain geographically uniform tariffs and to adjust the level of their universal service to national and local needs.” This was the basic view expressed by State Secretary Mr. Steinulf Tungesvik, when he met with Mr. Paul Kerstens, member of Commissioner Charlie McCreevy’s cabinet, 3 May in Brussels.

08/05/2006 :: “Norway is not convinced that universal services at present level could be maintained with a full liberalisation of the postal market as envisaged for in 2009,” Tungesvik stated.

The focal point for regulation of postal services should be to ensure good quality services at affordable prices. Based on experiences from countries that have liberalised the postal market, Norway believes that large customers in densely populated areas could benefit from postal liberalization, while doubting that further liberalisation leads to better services for small customers and in rural areas. Norway believe that quality improvements both on a national and a European level could be achieved through further standardisation of technical methods and interoperability between postal operators along the value chain.

The meeting came about as a follow-up to a letter sent by Minister of Transport and Communications, Mrs Liv Signe Navarsete to Commissioner Charlie McCreevy in February containing preliminary Norwegian views on the further deregulation of postal services.

(Published 08.08.06)

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