E-Commerce Green Paper Working GroupIn January 2012 the European Commission published its Communication on e-commerce with an action plan as a new contribution to the Digital Agenda. One of the actions was a Consultation on postal delivery services which was launched later in November, based on the Green Paper “An integrated parcel delivery market for the growth of e-commerce in the EU” with a view to identify potential shortfalls in the delivery of on-line purchases.

As a follow up, the Commission published a Roadmap “for completing the single market for parcel delivery; build trust in delivery services and encourage online sales”. The roadmap specified measures, attributed to the relevant stakeholders and meant to remedy delivery related problems in e-commerce.

A stock-taking was foreseen following a period of 18 months (mid 2015) in order to assess whether additional measures, including legislative measures, are needed. In May 2015, the new Commission submitted its Digital Market Strategy.

While the Commission recognised the progress made by the industry in terms of more convenience and quality of services, they announced additional measures for parcel delivery in order to improve price transparency and enhance regulatory oversight. One year later, in May 2016, the Commission submitted to the Council and the European Parliament a proposal for a Regulation on cross-border parcel delivery.

ObjectivesEstablish a constructive dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including the Commission and the European Parliament. Develop and lobby common positions on a European parcel delivery policy in the context of the digital single market strategyCommunicate, on behalf of the participating posts, on the Industry Initiative (commitment by the European posts in response to the Commission’s concerns voiced in the Green Paper)Actions and achievements