The Estonian Competition Authority has ordered the state-owned postal service company AS Eesti Post to open five new post offices in the capital city of Talllinn.
In accordance with the precept, Eesti Post must open three more post offices in Tallinn by April 1 at the latest, and two more by June 1.
The Competition Authority cited the Postal Act, which requires at least one post office providing universal postal service per 20,000 permanent residents in every city. According to Statistics Estonia, Tallinn has a population of 426,500, which means that the city should have at least 22 post offices providing universal postal service.
According to Eesti Post, it currently operates 17 post offices in Tallinn.
Eesti Post has said that consumer demands on the service have changed over time, and package terminals currently cover much of the demand that previously had to be met by post offices.
As a result of negotiations with the Competition Authority, however, Eesti Post has agreed to open three more post offices in Tallinn on company-owned properties by April 1, and two more on rented property by June 1. The Competition Authority has made the deadlines proposed by Eesti Post mandatory in a precept issued to the company.
Eve Vuks, head of the retail network at Eesti Post, said that the company is charting the needs of different parts of the city in order to set up the new post offices in areas where they are most badly needed.
Editor: Aili Vahtla