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Postal services and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law

I. Introduction Postal services play a key role in a well-functioning and dynamic EU Single Market and they are of crucial importance to businesses and EU citizens alike. In particular, the parcel sector is experiencing significant growth in terms of volume and plays an important role in the development of e-commerce. Despite the prevalence of email in today’s communications, letter posts also remain relevant, accounting for 0.34% of the EU’s GDP. After the opening of the postal sector to competition in a gradual and controlled way, the European Commission (“Commission”) is seeking to improve further the quality of delivery and access to postal services and achieve a well-functioning Single Market for postal services [1]. The effective application of competition law is a critical

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Lars Kjølbye, Christos Malamataris, Postal services and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law, 6 March 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin Postal services, Art. N° 43769

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