Netherlands: MPs support postal services merger

A potential merger between postal service PostNL and main competitor Sandd has been broadly supported by MPs in a debate on the future of the postal sector on Wednesday, September 12, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
The merger is widely seen as the only way of maintaining a quality postal service and ending the steady paring down of pay and conditions in the postal sector in the face of a dwindling market. The merger, which PostNL and Sandd have been contemplating for some time, would have to be passed by the competition watchdog ACM.
A positive decision could be in doubt because the two companies together would have a market share of 90% which would come down to a monopoly position, the FD writes. The Dutch postal market was liberalized in 2007.
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