If approved, a new law on postal services should become effective in January 2012 which will scrap postal restrictions in Slovakia and fully liberalise the postal market a year earlier than planned, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovakia and another ten EU members had been granted an exemption for completion of the opening of their postal markets until December 31, 2012 stated the blueprint of Postal Policy until 2014 submitted by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development for interdepartmental review.

The main aim of the Postal Policy for the next four years is to implement the European directive from 2008 related to finalising liberalisation of postal markets in EU member states in the national legislation, SITA wrote.

The European directive set the deadline for EU member states to complete liberalisation of their postal markets by December 31, 2010. Eleven members, including Slovakia, were granted an additional two years to implement full liberalisation. The state-run postal company, Slovenská Pošta, provides universal services based on a 10-year licence.

The new act on postal services should bring a change in the system of eligibility for providing postal services and introduce a new model of financing of universal service through a compensation fund. Apart from changes to the position of postal companies it will also set up rights and obligations of these companies and users of postal services, legal relations related to damage liability and provisions on state regulation of several areas of the postal market as well as state supervision over provision of postal services, SITA wrote.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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