Written by Nikolina Šajn (3rd edition),
Updated on 08.03.2018
High prices and the inconvenience of cross-border parcel delivery have been identified as being among the main obstacles to a bigger uptake of e-commerce among European consumers and retailers. Research shows that current cross-border parcel delivery prices charged by universal service providers can be almost five times higher than domestic parcel delivery prices.
To remedy the situation, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal on cross-border parcel delivery services as part of its May 2016 e-commerce package. The proposal’s aim was to contribute to a decrease in delivery prices through increased price transparency and improved regulatory oversight.
In December 2017, Parliament and the Council reached a compromise on the proposal. The provisional agreement would enable consumers and businesses to compare delivery prices on a dedicated website, where the Commission will publish public tariffs of cross-border delivery service-providers. The regulation would also provide greater powers for national regulatory authorities to monitor cross-border tariffs and assess those they consider to be unreasonably high.
See also our Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment on the topic
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on cross-border parcel delivery services|
|Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Lucy Anderson (S&D, United Kingdom)
Markus Ferber (EPP, Germany)
Kosma Złotowski (ECR, Poland)
Pavel Telička (ALDE, Czech Republic)
Tania González Peñas (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Jill Evans (Greens/EFA, United Kingdom)
Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)
Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)
COM(2016)285 of 25.05.2016
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|