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SI31_SI0_ Postal Services Act

Name of the country Slovenia
Sector Basic goods
Name of the document (original) Zakon o poštnih storitvah(Ur.l.RS 95/09)
Name of the document (English) Postal Services Act
Administrative level National
Type of the document Legislation
Year of adoption 2009
Foreseen duration Unlimited
Sector Basic goods
Territorial unit (NUTS/LAU) SI0
Authority Ministry of economic development and technology, Postal and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia
Availability in English Yes (AKOS- http://www.akos-rs.si/files/APEK_eng/Legislation/postal-services-act-zpsto2.pdf)
Legally binding Legally binding
SGI coverage SGI/SGEI
Integration as a concept Yes
Integration elements
Actors
Policies
Adm. levels
Fin. sources
Others
Description The cooperation amongst actors is only present when acquiring a public opinion in the process of formulating postal policy and adopting regulations. As required by this act, national bodies and the Postal and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia “must publish the proposed regulation and invite users of postal services, experts, postal service providers and other interested parties to contribute information, observations and suggestions (Postal Services Act, 2009).”
Major objectives 1. To lay down a legislative framework for the provision of postal services. (1/1)
Short Summary As stated by this law “the act specifies the conditions and procedure for the provision of postal services, governs the provision, implementation and financing of a universal service, introduces conditions for access to the postal network and the issuing of postal stationery of the Republic of Slovenia, lays down the competences, organisation and operation of the Postal and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (hereinafter: Agency) as an independent regulatory body in the part relating to postal services, sets forth the rights and obligations of providers and users of postal services, and governs other issues relating to the postal activity (Postal Services Act, 2009).”

The act defines postal services as “services involving clearance, sorting, transport and delivery of postal items in national and cross-border postal traffic.” It also defines other terms like postal service provider, postal network, and a universal service.

According to the act a “universal service shall be permanent, regular and uninterrupted provision of one or more postal services of specified quality throughout the territory of the Republic of Slovenia or its part at affordable prices for all users of postal services.” It includes clearance, sorting, transport and delivery of postal items weighing up to 2 kg, and postal packages up to 10 kg, services for registered items and insured postal items and routing of postal items for blind and partially sighted persons. The universal service provider is obliged to yearly publish the information regarding the features and the quality of the services offered. The information on the general terms and conditions and prices must be published at least seven days prior to their entry into force. The prices of the service must be affordable, cost-oriented, and identical for the entire country’s territory.

The universal service provider is designated by the agency through a public tender, and has the responsibility of providing the universal postal service. If the obligation to provide universal services represents an unfair financial burden, the provider is entitled to a compensation, from the compensation found managed by the agency, for the provision of the service. Postal services may be provided by any natural or legal entity. As stated by the act “the funds for the agency’s operation shall be created by revenues from annual payments made to its account by liable persons.”
Centralised/decentralised Not applicabe
Governance model
Public services
Concession
Public-private partnership
Co-operative
Others
Comments
Type of finance
EU
Federal/national Ministry of economic development and technology, Postal and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia
State/cantonal/provincial
Regional
Local
No sources available.
Sources of finance
Private
Public
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