Trade minister to scrutinize Eesti Post management decisions ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Omniva automatic parcel boxes are run by Eesti Post.
Omniva automatic parcel boxes are run by Eesti Post. Source: ERR

Minister of Foreign Trade and Information Technology Raul Siem (EKRE) has sent directives to the council of state-owned postal service Eesti Post to conduct a special inspection to detect how the decisions of the council over the last two years have affected the company's sustainability.

Siem said: "We need to understand if and in what way management decisions have led to ineffective actions and if necessary, take action to minimize such risks going forward. It also helps create synergy within the organization because it is very important that in addition to better finances, Eesti Post would strengthen from the inside."

At a special meeting of AS Eesti Post on Thursday, the strategic plan for the company's development were set for the next five years.

Siem said two strategic solutions were confirmed with Eesti Post's new supervisory board: merging postal services and courier services into one and developing the company's e-invoicing service into a subsidiary.

He added: "Connecting the postal service and parcel machine service would give customers more options how they wish to receive services from Eesti Post. For example, one can send letters and small parcels to a parcel machine close to their place of work.

"It is important to emphasize that the merging of services will in no way lose postal services in rural areas. Post offices and points will also not be closed."

The foreign trade and IT minister also noted: "The e-invoicing business is somewhat different from postal and parcel services and is not a strategic necessity for the state, which is why it is reasonable to separate it from the main activities. We believe the information business as a stand-alone company can offer more value and bigger turnover than it does today."

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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