The aim of Monitoring Activities is to deepen the activities of EAC on the areas covered and raise the level of awareness of members regarding the topics listed below. In this way, significant regulatory initiatives and discussion themes can be taken on-board at EAC level, not necessarily in a Working Group structure :
- Data Protection
- Financial Services Legislation
- Digital Services
- Services of General Interest
Initially a Working Group setup from May 2011, this has become a monitoring activity as of June 2016 and continues to monitor the legislative process on the reform of the Data Protection rules in the EU.
The purpose of standardisation monitoring activity is to follow and report to the EAC on relevant postal standardisation issues, initiated by the CEN (European Standardisation Committee) and mainly by the dedicated technical committee for postal services, CEN/TC331.
Standardisation diminishes trade barriers, enhances safety, allows interoperability of products and services, promotes common technical understanding and set minimum quality requirements. As a result, it has a great impact on the work of postal operators, for which interoperability is a key factor of success and quality of service.
Financial Services Legislation
The objective of this monitoring activity is to follow regulatory developments on Financial Services relevant for postal operators;
- Analysis focusing on key issues;
- Ensuring liaison with other activity segments possibly working on related issues within PostEurop.
The monitoring activity follows the following dossiers:
- Payment Services Directive: Review of the 2007/64 Directive is expected. Impact study will be delivered by London Economics.
- Access to basic payment account: The Commission adopted a recommendation on 18 July 2011. The file is also part of the Single Market II Act under Key Action 12. A legislative proposal is to be presented with the aim to give all EU citizens access to basic payment account
- Card, internet and mobile payment: The Commission launched a consultation procedure on 11 January 2012. Feedback statement and individual replies can be found at the Commission’s website. Next steps to be determined.
E-invoicing: 2010/45/EC Invoicing Directive establishes the equal treatment of electronic and paper invoices. The Commission suggests the broad-scale adoption of electronic invoicing by 2020. Single Market Act II – Key action II aims to make electronic invoicing the standard invoicing mode for public procurement.
The objective of the monitoring activity is to follow the EU regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives in the field of the Digital Services with possible impact for Postal operators, as outlined by the EC Digital Single Market Strategy.
- Mapping and increasing awareness on the current legislation.
- Collecting and providing information on new legislative initiatives and on developments of in-progress regulation processes.
- Highlighting key issues (impact of proposed new regulations or EC strategy on the postal operators).
- Identifying missing legislation.
- Ensuring liaison with other working groups on related issues.
Main topics of the monitoring activity are:
- Electronic Identification, E-signature and trust services: A Regulation for ensuring secure and seamless electronic communication and interaction among businesses, citizens and public authorities entered in force on 17 September 2014 (EU Reg.910/2014). The next phase will be the finalization of the Delegated/Implementing Acts provided for by the Regulation in which functional requirements and technical standards will be set out.
Services of General Interest
The objective of this activity is to follow developments regarding services of general economic interest on EU level. Services of general economic interest are an integral part of the European postal sector and postal operators’ activities, including universal services as defined by the postal services directive 97/67/EC, as amended.
Updated on 5 February 2015