More flexible postal services through a legislative reform
In line with the Government Programme the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland has started the process of improving legal provisions and has thus initiated a project to reform postal legislation. The goal is a postal services act that would be more flexible and better meet the needs of the changing environment.
The reform aims to reduce any barriers to market entry by potential operators and lighten the administrative burden of postal operations. It aims at reliable and versatile postal services.
The legislative project will take place in two stages. In the first stage, the operating licence procedure under the current Postal Act would be replaced by a notification obligation, and in the second stage, an overall reform of the Postal Act would be implemented.
A consultation process for the first stage, i.e. a proposal to abandon the postal operating licence system, is now underway. The deadline for comments is 2 November 2015. The Act is meant to enter into force on 1 June 2016.