The Albanian Postal Service will now offer universal postal service in the territory of Albania after its request was approved by the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority on Tuesday. For the next five years, the Albanian Postal Service will offer better services for citizens, in the framework of this entitlement.
During the official ceremony of the delivery of the “Individual Authorization for Offering the Universal Postal Service”, the head of the managing council of the EPCA Pirro Xhixho declared that the Albanian Postal Service is an important public company and expressed readiness for future cooperation between the two institutions.
In turn, the head of the Albanian Postal Service Majlind Lazimi said that this entitlement means more responsibilities for the institutions he directs in offering better services for Albanian citizens.
What is a universal postal service?
Among the European Union member countries, the EU Directive 97/67/EC set up a new EU framework for the regulation of postal services, which ensured the provision of a universal postal service in each member state. The minimum characteristics of this universal service are:
- One collection from appropriate access points every working day
- One delivery to all addresses every working day
- To include postal items and packages up to 20 kilograms; plus
- A service for registered items and insured items
All member countries of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) are obliged to ensure that ‘all customers enjoy the right to a universal postal service involving the permanent provision of quality basic postal services at all points in their territory at affordable prices’.
The authorization by the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority was issued pursuing the Law 46/2015, Article 64 “For the Universal Postal Service in the Republic of Albania”.
News source/photo credits: ATA