On 6th June 2013, PostEurop organized the SAFEPOST Project WG meeting at its HQ. The SAFEPOST Project WG is created as part of PostEurop Security and Customs Transversal. The SAFEPOST Project WG will provide a common platform for PostEurop Members to support the implementation of the SAFEPOST Project. The objective of this newly formed WG is to gather those PostEurop Members who are Members of the SAFEPOST project, as well as those who are interested in being part of the process of project implementation as an associate partner to the applicant (PostEurop) in order to support the efficient implementation of the project following the PostEurop Strategy.
The Kick-Off Meeting of the SAFEPOST Project WG was attended by 15 PostEurop Members (EU and EFTA) in total 20 participants and strong interest has been shown to join the WG and to its future meetings by other PostEurop members, who unfortunately could not participate to this meeting.
Green Lights! As the 2013 EUROPA Stamp Launches into Action
PostEurop is proud to present another series of impressive EUROPA stamps entries at the 2013 Europa Stamp competition on Europe day. This year’s EUROPA theme is “The Postman’s Van” which runs in conjunction with the Association’s 20th Anniversary and in honour of the mail delivery network.
Each year, PostEurop the association representing European Public Postal Operators is proud to organize the best of Europa Stamp Design Competition. On 9 May 2013, PostEurop launched the public online voting competition based on one vote per registered voter.
The common theme for this year’s competition is “The Postman’s Van”. “Why the van?” you may ask? That is simply because the postal van is undoubtedly the most mobile, dynamic and visible daily symbol of each postal operator’s presence in their own country. Those vehicles painted with distinctive colours are seen each day on almost every road and even highways across Europe, carrying personal effects and messages to millions of customers each day. The modern day vans are quick, efficient and more ecological compared to historical vehicles. Depending on the country, its culture, terrain and climate, each postal operator has their own story to tell. So, philatelic designers had set out to work on their interpretive designs capturing the past and/or present and the results are here.
“There is so much to consider with this year’s common theme with a lot of elements coming into play. Without a doubt, I am very happy to see this year’s beautiful entries, each unique and yet together brings together a strong network” concluded Markku Penttinen, Chairman of the PostEurop Stamps and Philately working group from Itella.
View and Vote for Your Favourite Europa Stamp Today
We invite you to view all the beautiful entries and vote for your favourite stamp on www.posteurop.org/europa2013. The online competition will end on 31 August 2013 and the winning stamps will be announced at the PostEurop 20th Anniversary Dinner to be held on 18 September 2013 in Brussels.
More about EUROPA Stamps
Since 1956, EUROPA stamps have been a symbol of Europe’s desire for closer integration and co-operation. These special stamps are issued by the European postal administrations/enterprises and bears the EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark. Since 1993, PostEurop has been the responsible organisation for issuing EUROPA stamps and each year, philately experts within the Philately working group organize the competition amongst other philately initiatives. See more information on www.posteurop.org/europa
IPC and PostEurop to collaborate on postal carbon emissions measurement and reporting
PostEurop and IPC have agreed to work together on postal carbon emissions measurement and reporting. From now on, PostEurop will use CO2 data that IPC has collected, analysed and verified for the PostEurop members participating in IPC’s postal sector sustainability programme, the IPC Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS). The agreement was signed in Brussels on 08 May 2013. (From Left to right on the photo: Botond Szebeny, Secretary General, PostEurop; Herbert Götz, Director of Marketing, IPC)
We are pleased to announce the following recent appointments:
Ebbe Andersen from PostNord has been appointed as the Vice-Chairperson of the Security and Customs Transversal. Ebbe is Head of Security since 1982 for Post Danmark. PostEurop Members are familiar with Ebbe’s leadership and involvement as Chairperson of the Crisis and Security Managers Working Group (previously the Crisis Management Network) since 2002 and his nineteen year term as Chairperson of the Dangerous Goods project team within the UPU.
The Advanced Electronic Forum (AES Forum) Working Group welcomes Giovanni Brardinoni, International Standards and Intellectual Property Rights Manager at Poste Italiane as its new Vice-Chair. Having begun his career at Poste Italiane in 1982, Giovanni is a visionary “evangelist” of innovation, who has played a major role in the most innovative technological projects in recent years in Poste Italiane. Beyond Poste Italiane, Giovanni was a former Chairman of the Committee 4 “Standards and Technologies” in the last UPU - POC work cycle and he was recently appointed as Chairman of the Telematics Cooperative and Co-Chairman of the committee 4 “e-Services” for the current UPU - POC work cycle.
Jonathan Bemba joined PostEurop in April 2013 as the Communication Intern supporting PostEurop’s Communications Manager in implementing the Communication strategy. From now till September, Jonathan will mainly provide support in developing and implementing the new PostEurop website and communication projects leading up to the Plenary Assembly in September. Jonathan is a final student completing his Masters in Politics and Communication from the University of Versailles in Paris. Jonathan is fluent in French and English.
The PostEurop Organisational Structure has been revised and adapted according to the new PostEurop Strategy approved in 2012.
This document can be found on this link to the PostEurop website.
Brussels, 27 February 2013. In light of the recent amendments to the proposed new Data Protection rules, some major concerns were raised by European Postal Data Protection regulatory experts, particularly in the area of the definition of personal data, legitimate interests as a legal basis for data treatment and limitations on customer profiling. Postal experts are convinced that unless these issues are soon addressed, some of the new set of proposed amendments will ultimately threaten the postal business, its network, as well as affect customers who have come to rely on the postal network.
PostEurop and its Members of established European postal operators have raised concerns that the latest proposal for amendments made on 8 January 2013 to the EU proposals on consumer data protection reforms, may have a major impact on the citizen’s privacy, European economy and postal operator’s activities.
In principal, postal operators appreciate the initiative taken to apply a more uniform regulation for the protection of personal data at a European level, in order to strengthen individual rights while tackling the challenges of globalisation and new technologies. PostEurop approves the principle of “technological neutrality” that enables the regulation to set up fundamental principles to protect the personal data of European citizens. But PostEurop wishes to underline that the usage and risks differ greatly between print and electronic media and in some cases, applying the same rules may lead to inconsistencies making it impossible to undertake effective Direct Mail campaigns.
According to PostEurop experts, the amendments to clauses - mainly those regarding the definition of personal data, legitimate interests as a legal basis for data treatment and limitations on customer profiling - will seriously affect the mail activity of the postal sector. As it stands, the postal sector is already struggling with declining mail volumes. Customers including small and medium size companies, the press sector and mail ordering will be dramatically affected too as they will be deprived of one the most popular way of prospecting. Hence, postal operators would like to draw the attention of the stakeholders to the following points.
A Balanced Approach
Direct Mail is a proven, trusted, affordable and effective way for businesses to communicate directly with their customers. Surveys shows that the Direct Mail is the most appreciated advertising media by consumers. Many businesses including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) rely heavily on Direct Mail due to its affordability and ability to build customer loyalty as well as attract potential new customers. The current regulation in place for treatment of personal data for reasons of Direct Mail already provides a balanced approach for both consumers and businesses. Thus, ensuring continued growth of products and services to suit consumer needs.
Maintaining a Trusted Network for Growth
For centuries, European Postal Operators have built a valuable and trusted network reaching out to all citizens. The Direct Marketing business has made it possible for postal operators to help businesses and in turn contribute to maintaining a Universal Service Obligation for all. This further ensures that each European citizen has access to postal services through the network. The proposed new regulation must take into consideration the citizen’s right in this respect.
Commenting on the European Parliament’s draft report, Jean-Paul Forceville, Chairman of the PostEurop Management Board, said: “Whilst we appreciate the initiative to apply data protection rules in a consistent way, we feel that the proposed draft of the regulation poses a serious threat to European Postal Operators and the very core of our Universal Service Obligation to citizens, and not to mention the viability of businesses that depend on direct marketing to drive their business leading to more service and product offering for consumers. The proposed legislation will inevitably create unnecessary problems for growth prospects around E-Commerce and many businesses.”
PostEurop therefore continues to urge that Members of the Parliament voting on this proposal will strongly take into consideration the points raised and take the necessary steps to ensure a more balanced approach towards both securing consumer privacy and ensuring that businesses continue to run in an already challenging economic environment.