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Norway post faces reform. People tired of getting bills, demands, or unwanted advertising in their letterbox might be in for a respite. Conservative (H) and Progress (FrP) Party politicians air giving Postie the weekend off, stamping out deliveries on Saturdays. Their move follows Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s failed EU Postal Directive introduction*.

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Norway post faces reform

Published on Tuesday, 13th August, 2013 at 11:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th August 2013 at 14:16.

People tired of getting bills, demands, or unwanted advertising in their letterbox might be in for a respite.

Norwegian postbox
Norwegian postbox
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Conservative (H) and Progress (FrP) Party politicians air giving Postie the weekend off, stamping out deliveries on Saturdays.

Their move follows Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s failed EU Postal Directive introduction*.

The Directive, should it become law, would remove the monopoly on deliveries of letters under 50 grams.

Officials at the Norwegian Post and Communications Association (Postkom), have also expressed concern it would spawn higher prices and poorer service to customers in more non centrally-located places.

“Postal organisations and the Post Office as an organisation want to implement the EU’s Postal Directive,” Ingjerd Schou, member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Transport and Communications for the Conservatives, says to The Foreigner.

Results of a Sentio poll show some 50 per cent of those living in these areas consider post on Saturday extremely important, writes agriculture-focused paper Nationen.

“Whilst we want to ensure that people living in the districts still get their newspapers on a Saturday, we would support the Post Office if they only wanted to deliver letters five days a week,” Ms Schou informs The Foreigner, “which they have suggested themselves.”

The Conservatives also wish to part-privatise the presently fully stated-owned service.

“This would be to strengthen and develop the organisation, similar to Statoil and Telenor,” she says.

According to Bård Hoksrud, the Progress Party’s (FrP) transport and communications spokesperson, removing the Post Office’s sub 50-gram letter delivery monopoly is not an issue, as they have been “creative when it comes to finding solutions.” He believes fears of what will happen are groundless.

“The most important is for people to receive good services, and I’m convinced the Post Office will manage to deliver even if exposed to competition,” Nationen reports him as saying.

“I can’t remember the last time I got a letter in the post box on Mondays,” remarks Ingjerd Schou to The Foreigner.

*To use a Norwegian expression: the PM ended up with ‘skjegget i postkassen’ (left with egg on one's face).



Published on Tuesday, 13th August, 2013 at 11:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th August 2013 at 14:16.

This post has the following tags: norwaypost, postalservicenorway.





  
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