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In postal market deregulation, government aims to improve services, minimise layoffs

With the planned deregulation of Hungary's postal services, the government aims to ensure consumers are offered stable and higher-quality services.

At the same time, it does not wish to see massive layoffs at state-owned postal company Magyar Posta, state secretary at the Ministry of Economics and Transportation Ábel Garamhegyi told a conference on the deregulation of EU postal markets in Budapest on Friday. A meeting of EU ministers on December 11 confirmed that the EU's postal market would be deregulated from 2009, Garamhegyi said. „The debate over the details continues: when and in which way the monopoly should end, what „universal services” means and who should be entrusted to pay for these services," Garamhegyi said. While Sweden, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands are prepared to open up their postal markets unconditionally from 2009, other EU members, Hungary included, have reservations. Garamhegyi said he believed the question of how the market is to be deregulated is more important than setting a date for deregulation. (Mti-Eco)