Thursday, March 14, 2019
ABSTRACT: In Europe, there have not been evolved a single market for postal services so far. The markets for postal services are predominantly restricted to the national boundaries determined by the different socio-economic and legal conditions that are still present in the Member States of the European Union (EU). However, market integration of postal services, ending up to a single market, would intensify competition among postal services providers, thus, finally increasing welfare. One barrier of market integration could be the multilateral agreements for cross-border postal services of the International Post Corporation (IPC) and of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) that apply exclusively to the Universal Service Providers (USP).