MPs positive on partial post liberalisation

A majority of MPs are positive about a proposal by postal firm Sandd to allow a limited liberalisation of the postal market, reports Tuesday’s Financieele Dagblad.

Sandd’s proposal is intended as a temporary arrangement following last week’s announcement that a fully open market has been indefinitely postponed.
The plan would allow newcomers on the market, such as Sandd itself, to deliver a certain volume of the post that is currently under the monopoly of TNT (letters weighing under 50 grams).
The coalition Christian Democrat and Labour partners and the opposition liberal VVD party say the request by Sandd is reasonable, reports the Financieele Dagblad.
All three parties have called on junior economic affairs minister Frank Heemskerk to give a new date for the full liberalisation of the postal market as soon as possible.
The association which represents commercial post users (VGP) says the postponement of liberalisation will cost Dutch companies €200m a year. They have written to prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende to urge a fast solution, reports the Financieele Dagblad.

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