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EC prepares postal crackdown

THE EUROPEAN Commission is preparing measures to protect competition in the Slovak postal market.

THE EUROPEAN Commission is preparing measures to protect competition in the Slovak postal market.

Jonathan Todd, spokesperson for Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Competition, announced the news on September 10, the ČTK newswire wrote.

The EC has criticised Slovakia for a recent legal revision extending Slovak Post's monopoly over some mail services. It regards the Slovak government's proposed amendments to the revision as inadequate.

"Unfortunately, the amendments do not address the commission's concerns regarding hybrid mail services,” said Todd.

At issue is Slovakia's decision on February 15 to extend Slovak Post's monopoly to hybrid services, by which the sender transmits a document to the postal service provider electronically, which then prints and delivers it. Previously, such hybrid services had been open to competition.

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