ERGP Plenary meeting
23 July 2019
During the Plenary session of the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) held on 28th June, regulators of the European postal market, chaired by Portugal, reviewed their current work and plans for the next period.
The ERGP adopted a document - a draft Opinion on the future regulatory framework for the postal sector containing recommendations for the EC, in connection with the planned amendment of the Postal Directive.
The draft ERGP work programme for 2020 and the draft ERGP medium-term strategy 2020-2022 have been approved. The strategy reflects the changing structure of the sector under the influence of e-commerce and the need for a more proactive and forward-looking regulatory approach. The strategy also assumes an increasing involvement of stakeholders and international postal sector organisations in activities undertaken by ERGP.
The drafts of both documents were sent for public consultation.
The ERGP adopted the draft Stakeholder Forum programme (18 September 2008, Brussels), which aims to conduct, in addition to formal consultations, dialogue with stakeholders in the sector. The Forum will discuss issues related to postal regulation, the impact of e-commerce on the postal market and the international mail market in the context of the UPU terminal dues system.
At the meeting much attention was given to the issues related to implementation of the new regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services.
The plenary sessions were preceded by workshops consisting of two parts. The first part addressed the regulatory challenges and cooperation of the ERGP with the UPAEP (Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal). In the second part - internal ERGP workshops, the discussion was about the future of postal regulation on the European market.
Press releases on the ERGP plenary meeting and the ERGP Opinion on the future regulatory framework, under the name 'ERGP Opinion on the future regulation of postal services', are available at: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/postal-services/ergp_en in the "meetings" folder.
The European Regulators Group for Postal Services is an advisory group to the European Commission. It facilitates consultation and cooperation between the independent National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in EU countries, and between NRAs and the Commission to help consolidate the internal market for postal services and ensure the consistent application of the postal legislation.
ERGP - Stakeholder Forum
A Stakeholder Forum of the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP), which will take place on 18 September this year in Brussels, is the meeting point for regulators and representatives of the postal, digital, e-commerce sectors and suppliers .
The leading theme of this year's Forum will be regulation of the postal sector in view of the recently published document - Opinion on the review of the ERGP regulatory framework ERGP PLI (19)18 Press release Opinion on Future Regulation (PDF, 539 KB) available on the ERGP website.
During the discussion, Forum participants will also discuss the impact of e-commerce on the postal market and the implications of the terminal dues system of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on international postal traffic.
Stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss the draft ERGP work programme for 2020 and the draft ERGP medium-term strategy 2020-2022 (documents are also consulted on the ERGP website https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/postal-services/ergp_en).
Detailed information about the Forum and registration are available under the following link:
Consultation of the ERGP strategy and work programme
In line with established practice, the European Group of Regulators for Postal Services (ERGP) is launching consultations on the medium-term strategy of ERGP (MTS) for 2020-2022 and the work programme for 2020.
The starting point for the draft MTS was the ERGP report on the development of the postal sector and the regulatory consequences ERGP (18) 49 report on developments in the postal sector and implications for regulation.
The report takes into account changes in postal markets and their consequences for the regulatory strategy. At the same time, it was the basis for the development of the ERGP's annual action programme.
The draft work programme assumes the implementation of tasks based on three pillars, which are included in the medium-term ERGP strategy: promoting the sustainable provision of universal postal services, promoting the competitive single postal market of the Community and strengthening the position of postal users and their protection.
Both documents are available under the link PLI(19)7 Mid Term Strategy 2020-2022 and PLI(19)11 Work Programme 2020
The ERGP draft strategy and work programme will also be discussed during the Stakeholder Forum, which will take place on 18 September this year, in Brussels:
Contributions can be sent to: and by 20 September 2019 (strategy) and until 27 September 2019 (work programme).
The final version of the ERGP work programme, including possible comments, will be published on the ERGP website, after approval at the ERGP plenary meeting in November this year.