The 8th edition of the Postal Services Market in Poland 2012 conference was held on 12 September in Warsaw under the honorary patronage of the President of UKE.
The conference has for years been a major event for both the postal, courier and distribution sectors in Poland. Since 2006, the conference has been held under the honorary patronage of President of the Office of Electronic Communications.
The 8th edition is a special event as the main theme of the conference was the full opening of the postal services market in Poland, which will take place on 1 January 2013. It is not surprising that the related challenges, the strategy of the government, the regulator and operators were discussed during the conference. An important part of the event were speeches by Małgorzata Olszewska - Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation (MAiC) and President of the Office of Electronic Communications, Magdalena Gaj.
Deputy Minister Olszewska presented information on the government's strategy in her speech entitled "The new Postal Law and the strategy of the government for Poczta Polska S.A. and the postal services market". In her speech Deputy Minister presented the plans for further work on amending the Postal Law.
Another point of the conference was the speech of the President of UKE Magdalena Gaj focusing on "Supporting the development of competition in the postal market in regulatory policy and practice of the President of UKE."
The participants of the Conference were the first to learn about the objectives of the Strategy of the President of the Office of Electronic Communications for the period 2012-2015, and especially those regarding the postal market.
The President presented the main aspects of the Strategy - mission, vision and strategic objectives of the Office. - I want to emphasise that the activities of the Office concerning the postal market will be focused mainly on providing high-quality services and competitiveness, which could benefit consumers and service providers in this market - stated the President of UKE. An important factor here will be the rules on universal postal service and the way it is financed. In this regard, UKE recommends a mixed model based on two pillars - a compensation fund and funding from the state budget.
- The next few months will be extremely important for the postal market. The Office of Electronic Communications conducts analytical work and extensive consultations with representatives of operators and consumers, and in late November and December we are planning to organise a large debate, which will focus on the planned changes and new regulations for the postal market. I am convinced that we all want the postal market to develop dynamically and provide everybody with access to high quality postal services at reasonable prices. Any such action will be supported by the Office of Electronic Communications - said President Gaj of the plans of the regulator.
Other speeches were given by representatives of companies and institutions active in the Polish postal market.
The first thematic section was devoted to the opening of the postal market, summarised with a very interesting panel discussion entitled "What will the opening of the postal market on 01/01/2013 bring? The new Postal Law and the development of free competition in the postal market". The discussion was attended by: Director of the Department of the Postal Market at UKE Karol Krzywicki, representatives of operators in the postal and express mail market, and the Direct Marketing Association.
Further thematic sections were devoted, among other things, to challenges and directions of the development of a competitive market for postal services, tax and legal determinants of postal activity, the universal service financing models in the new Postal Law and the European market, and their impact on the postal market in Poland.
The conference is an important event for the industry and has certainly not exhausted all the topics related to the future of the postal market. It allowed for an exchange of views and presentation of plans of both the government, the regulator and operators providing services or planning the development of postal services. What is important, it also outlined the direction of development of the postal service market in conjunction with the development of the e-commerce sector.