On 5th October 2015 at the UKE premises a meeting of the regulator with the representatives of postal operators as well as social organizations and associations operating in the postal market was held. The meeting was dedicated to the issues connected with access to the postal network. The President of UKE has been the patron and initiator of the whole process.
Although for 3 years the law allowing for the cooperation among operators has been in force, agreements of that type have been very rare in the postal services market. Thus, the President of UKE has undertaken actions aiming to create adequate conditions for the conclusion of agreements on the network provision by the postal operators.
- My aim is the real competition since it will as such bring major benefits to the consumers who are the most important. There is no need to copy the infrastructure which may be provided to others. It is economically inefficient. We want to find an optimal approach that takes into account the needs and requirements of all those who are interested in the access. Therefore, I hope that under my patronage it will be carried out faster than it is possible through bilateral talks between the operators – said Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE.
Karol Krzywicki, the Deputy President of UKE responsible for the postal market, during his presentation underlined that the continued decrease in the volume of postal items sent in the postal market caused by, among others, the development of electronic forms of communication forces postal operators to search for new revenue sources. One of these may include the provision of infrastructure or the provision of wholesale services. – Paid provision of postal network to other postal operators may improve the profitability of a postal operator and will address the problem of decreasing demand for postal services – he underlined.
During the meeting representatives of postal operators as well as social organisations and associations operating in the postal services market gave speeches. The issue of opening access to the postal network, not only the designated operator’s case but also in the multilateral access, in order to provide a convenient place of services provision to the users of postal services, e.g. the joint use of receiving points by postal operators so that the addressee would not have to pick up parcels in many locations, was addressed among other issues. It was underlined that the postal services’ user should decide where to pick up mail. However, attention was also drawn to the Member State’s responsibility for the shape of the postal market because the Member State is responsible for assuring the provision of the universal postal services to the society.
Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE, expressed her hope that within the next few months it will be possible to develop the access model to the postal network in cooperation with the postal operators. Thus, the participants of the meeting were asked to prepare, within the next coming few weeks, their drafts of rules and range of access to the postal network that would be presented during the subsequent meeting at the UKE premises on 28th October 2015.