COMPETITION, PRIVATIZATION MOVE AHEAD IN EUROPE UK GOVERNMENT USES PRIVATE POSTAL CARRIERS Postal competition is saving the British government money. The public sector spends nearly £650 million (1.2 billion USD) a year on mail, or about 10 percent of the postal market. Since September, the Department of Work and Pensions has been using...

At the beginning of this year, Britain ended the Royal Mail's 370-year-old monopoly on letter delivery, becoming the fourth and largest European economy to embrace an open postal market. Many European governments, though, are dragging their feet on postal liberalization, despite an EU directive calling for members to open the...