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Monday, 12 March 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Cross-border parcel delivery services (debate)

  Lucy Anderson, rapporteur. – Mr President, I listened with great interest to all the contributions to that debate. You could tell, particularly from the contributions from colleagues from the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Transport and Tourism, that it was very much a team effort. Thank you very much to everyone for their kind comments.

It is absolutely right – and the Commissioner put this well – that this is an important step for eCommerce and for the digital single market. I absolutely agree with that and also that this regulation will go some way towards dealing with the issues around pricing. It also fits in very well with the geo-blocking regulation. In terms of price transparency, we still have some way to go. I welcome the comments from Mr Telička about small retailers and making sure this regulation works for them too.

On the point about Chinese companies and tariffs, part of that has to do with issues regarding the universal postal union rules. I do not think that point was answered by the Commission, but we should go back to it. In terms of privatisation and the impact of privatisation, I do agree in principle with the colleague from the GUE/NGL Group, Mr Pimenta Lopes. That is why I made the point at the beginning on Article 14 and the importance of services of general economic interest. We must not trample over the services and workforces that are of key importance for the functioning of the European Union and for our social cohesion. I hope that we can continue to work on this agenda together.

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