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Costlier postage and worse service threat. Postal service campaigns against deregulation by EU. How much would you be willing to pay to post an ordinary letter; 8 kroner or 80? How about deliveries only twice a week? This is what the Norwegian Post and Communications Association (Postkom) fears will happen if the EU gets its way.Fundamental The Norwegian Postal Service has the monopoly on distributing all post weighing under 50 grams until the end of 2010. On 22 April Postkom organised a conference, where representatives from all the political parties were invited to debate the proposed deregulation. The association demanded that the government use its right to reserve itself against the EU’s postal directive under the EEA agreement.

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Costlier postage and worse service threat

Published on Sunday, 26th April, 2009 at 22:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Postal service campaigns against deregulation by EU.

Norwegian postbox
Norwegian postbox
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How much would you be willing to pay to post an ordinary letter; 8 kroner or 80? How about deliveries only twice a week? This is what the Norwegian Post and Communications Association (Postkom) fears will happen if the EU gets its way.

Fundamental

The Norwegian Postal Service has the monopoly on distributing all post weighing under 50 grams until the end of 2010. On 22 April Postkom organised a conference, where representatives from all the political parties were invited to debate the proposed deregulation. The association demanded that the government use its right to reserve itself against the EU’s postal directive under the EEA agreement.

In her speech at the conference Liv Navarsete, the Minister, agreed.

“The question of the post directive is very important to us. Postal delivery is a fundamental service, and we won’t give up easily on this one” she told Dagbladet under the conference.

Geographical factors and depopulation

Postkom also highlights that the EU’s policy in relation to postal services bases its conclusions on central and populated areas of Europe. Both the geographic and demographic nature of Norway prohibits its successful implementation here. The state would have to finance the service in unprofitable areas; something which Postkom finds absurd.

“Other companies would only be able to compete with the postal service in central parts of the east of the country and some of the larger towns” says Postkom, the consultative body for a report commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

They go on to say that both business and residential customers in the districts would be hit the worst if it went through, as postage prices would be much higher than today’s levels. This would have an effect of both weakening district-based businesses’ abilities to compete with those in central areas, and on where people chose to live in the future.

Rogaland?

And believe it or not, the whole Stavanger region could suffer, because it is too small for an economically viable service to operate here, Heidi Skurve, Postkom’s regional representative told Aftenbladet yesterday.

It is not yet known whether Norway will accept the directive or not.



Published on Sunday, 26th April, 2009 at 22:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegian, postal, service, eu, deregulation, liv, navarsete, postkom, directive, membership.





  
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