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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

27 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2004  

Damien Geradin

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC); University College London - Faculty of Laws

Christophe Humpe

SJ Berwin LLP

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: K21, L40, L50, H40

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=490023

Damien Geradin (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law & Economics Center (TILEC)

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Christophe Humpe

SJ Berwin LLP ( email )

222 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8XF
United Kingdom

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