In a situation, where several member states of the European Union have not made an univalent decision whether the open the postal market on the set deadline in the year 2009, Estonia is in favour of the complete opening without with delays, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Parts confirmed. He introduced the position of Estonia today in the opening speech of the plenary meeting of the European Committee for Postal Regulation (CERP) held in Tallinn.
The detailed plan for the future must be established with the third Postal Directive, which is currently discussed in the EU.
Parts stated that upon the opening of the market the good availability of the postal services must still be guaranteed also in the sparsely populated rural areas, which are not as profitable markets as the towns. At the same time the guaranteeing of the universal postal service in the whole country is the task of the state and this will be achieved by efficient regulation.
The Minister brought a good example of the benefits of opening the market from the opening of the Estonian telecom market six years ago. “It resulted in a wide choice of different new services, which was accompanied by the significant decrease in the prices”, he noted. “If we have an open market, the interests of each client will acquire a special value and the people can only gain from it.”
Parts recognised in his speech the work of CERP covering 46 European countries, which lies in finding an intersection between the different regulations of the postal markets valid in different countries, bringing out the best practices and recommendations for spreading these.
Source: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications