Thursday, October 25, 2007

Competition in the Postal Sector

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

One of my pet issues is competition in the postal sector (an issue that Rick Geddes and Greg Sidak have written about quite a bit).  The postal sector is among the most protected sectors in the world and antitrust agencies need to do more to ensure that there is increased competition.  Thankfully, DG Comp is up to the task.  A press release yesterday from DG Comp announed that the Commission has launched an investigation into France's unlimited state guarantee for its postal operator La Poste.  There might be less trans-Atlantic divergence if more efforts were made by trans-Atlantic enforcers to focus on one area in which there seems to be ideological convergence-- unjustified anti-competitive conduct on the part of the state.

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