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The Liberalisation of Postal Services in the European Union: An Analysis of Directive 97/67


Damien Geradin


George Mason University School of Law; Tilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Covington & Burling LLP

Christophe Humpe


SJ Berwin LLP


THE LIBERALISATION OF POSTAL SERVICES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, Damien Geradin, ed., pp. 91-109, Kluwer Law International, 2002

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This paper reviews the main aspects of the 1997 EC postal directive in the light of the case law of the European Court of Justice and the decisional practice of the European Commission. Reference is also be made to the Commission notice on the application of the competition rules to the postal sector. The paper first outlines the main objectives of the directives, i.e. the strengthening of the public postal service via a Community definition of universal service and the progressive liberalisation of postal services through a limitation of the scope of reserved services. It then examines the regulatory requirements imposed on postal operators in order to achieve the objectives referred to above and reviews the proposals recently put forward by the Commission to amend the postal directive.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: Postal services, liberalization, competition, antitrust, regulation, European Union

JEL Classification: K21, L40, L50, H40

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Date posted: March 8, 2004  

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Geradin, Damien and Humpe, Christophe, The Liberalisation of Postal Services in the European Union: An Analysis of Directive 97/67. THE LIBERALISATION OF POSTAL SERVICES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, Damien Geradin, ed., pp. 91-109, Kluwer Law International, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=490023

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