Directive 2008/6 - Amendment of Directive 97/67/EC with regard to the full accomplishment of the internal market of Community postal services

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This directive has been published on February 27, 2008, entered into force on the same day and should have been implemented in national regulation on December 31, 2010 at the latest.


Key information

official title

Directive 2008/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 February 2008 amending Directive 97/67/EC with regard to the full accomplishment of the internal market of Community postal services
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 2008/6
Original proposal COM(2006)594 EN
CELEX number i 32008L0006


Key dates

Document 20-02-2008
Publication in Official Journal 27-02-2008; OJ L 52, 27.2.2008,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 06 Volume 009
Effect 27-02-2008; Entry into force Date pub. See Art 4
End of validity 31-12-9999
Transposition 31-12-2010; At the latest See Art 2.1


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 52/3



of 20 February 2008

amending Directive 97/67/EC with regard to the full accomplishment of the internal market of Community postal services


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 47(2), Articles 55 and 95 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions (2),

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty (3),




The Council in its Resolution of 7 February 1994 on the development of Community Postal Services (4) identified as one of the main objectives of Community postal policy the reconciling of the gradual, controlled opening to competition of the postal market with a sustainable guarantee of the provision of the universal service.



Directive 97/67/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 December 1997 on common rules for the development of the internal market of Community postal services and the improvement of quality of service (5) established a regulatory framework for the postal sector at Community level, including measures to guarantee a universal service and the setting of maximum limits for the postal services which Member States may reserve to their universal service provider(s) with a view to the maintenance of the universal service, to be reduced in a gradual and progressive manner, and a timetable for decision-making on the further opening of the market to competition, for the purposes of creating an internal market in postal services.



Article 16 of the Treaty highlights the place occupied by services of general economic interest in the shared values of the European Union as well as their role in promoting social and territorial cohesion. It states that care should be taken that such services operate on the basis of principles and conditions which enable them to fulfil their missions.



The positive role played by services of general economic interest was emphasised by Special Eurobarometer 219 of October 2005 which indicated that postal services are the most appreciated services of general economic interest according to users throughout the EU, with 77 % of people questioned responding positively.



Since they constitute an essential instrument for communication and information exchange, postal services fulfil a vital role which contributes to the objectives of social, economic and territorial cohesion in the Union. Postal networks have important territorial and social dimensions which make universal access to essential local services possible.



The measures in the area of postal services should be designed in such a way that the tasks of the Community pursuant to Article 2 of the Treaty, namely, to promote throughout the Community a harmonious, balanced and sustainable development of economic activities, a high level of employment and of social protection, sustainable and non-inflationary growth, a high degree of competitiveness and convergence of economic performance, the raising of the standard of living and quality of life, and economic and social cohesion and solidarity among Member States, are achieved as objectives.



European postal markets have undergone dramatic change in recent years, a development that has been driven by technological advancements and increased competition resulting from deregulation. Due to globalisation, it is essential to take a pro-active and pro-development stance so as not to deprive Union citizens of the...


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Original proposal



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