The European Commission (EC) has obliged Spain to reduce by 400 million euros the aid to the Post Office to carry out the so-called Universal Public Service (SPU) in the period 2011-2020, considering them “illegal” for not having been previously communicated, according to UNO logistics management has reported.
As the logistics employers have pointed out, the EC has agreed with the Government not to open an infringement file in exchange for immediately limiting the amounts delivered for the period 2011-2020.
UNO has pointed out that for the first time Brussels has stated that “the significant discounts offered to large clients, with which it operated at a loss, cannot be compensated with public money.”
Precisely, on May 14, the European Commission gave its approval to the 1,280 million euros that Spain granted to Correos as compensation for carrying out its public service mission between 2011 and 2020, considering that they respect the Community rules on State aid .
At that time, the European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, stated that “easy access to postal services is vital for all citizens of the European Union” and this decision allowed Correos “to continue offering basic postal services throughout Spain to affordable prices, without unduly distorting the competition. ”
Specifically, the Government had assigned Correos 1,680 million euros for the period between 2011 and 2020, but the European Commission accepts as maximum ceiling only 1,280 million, and that is where the difference of said 400 million is.
However, this amount is also pending review by the National Competition Market Commission (CNMC), which could further reduce this amount downwards due to the numerous warnings it has been making to Correos in recent years.
While the Post Office has declined to comment on this matter, the logistic employers UNO has been satisfied with this decision by Brussels that “prevents Spain from being singled out in Europe for promoting unfair competition practices in the postal and parcel sector in a time when you need to convey credibility in the management of public accounts. ”
According to these data, Correos public operator will only be able to count on 61 million public euros to carry out the SPU because, according to the public accounts communicated to the European Commission, it has already spent 1,219 million.