In connection with legislative works on Postal Law and new proposal of changes submitted on 23 January 2003, certain provisions related to the regulatory organ functions presented by the President of the Office of Telecommunications and Post Regulation need to be confirmed.
The stand of URTiP’s President was notified on 23 January 2003 to Mr. Zbigniew Kaniewski – a deputy and the President of the Extraordinary Sub-commission for Economy within the Parliamentary Extraordinary Commission for consideration of the bills connected with governmental programme: “Enterprise - Development – Labour”. The stand is related to introducing to the Postal Law certain provisions enabling realization of postal market regulator function by the URTiP’s President. Clearly expressed statutory rights will ensure that the URTiP’s President activity will protect the interest of state, consumer and Polish Post. Lack of such instruments can cause certain negative results such as market failures, deprivation of the regulator’s influence on a market and delay in adapting public operator for market’s requirements.
The regulator’s competences shall be defined in the act so that the Office can carry out its functions properly. It is a result of the EC Directive 97/67 of 15 December 1997 and the EC Directive 2002/39 of 10 June 2002. The proposals comply with the practice applied in other countries in terms of tasks performed by postal market regulators.
The regulations proposed by the URTiP’s President refer to all operators on the market and do not violate public operator’s interest. The national operator will be one of the most significant elements in the expected process of postal market liberalization.
Unambiguous separation of supervisory, regulatory and operative functions shall enable the rational development and efficient functioning of postal services market.
President of the Office of Telecommunication and Post Regulation