Since 2014, the European Commission has been collecting annual data on postal services in cooperation with national postal regulatory authorities in the context of the ‘EU Postal Survey’.
ComReg, as the national regulatory authority in Ireland, submits data on postal services in Ireland on behalf of authorised postal service providers to DG Grow, the Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, which is responsible for EU policy on the single market, industry, entrepreneurship and small businesses.
There are 33 countries that participate in the data collection exercise on a voluntarily basis including EU countries, North Macedonia, Serbia, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
DG Grow also commissions a number of studies on the postal sector in the EU which are published on the DG Grow website (Postal Sector Studies)
Other areas of work include the standardisation and harmonisation of technical methods at EU level within the universal postal service (in particular for the external measurement of quality of service performance), and enabling interoperability of postal industry operators.