Event date
11 April 2024
High Level Conference – On the need for a new postal services directive

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    The Belgian government is delighted to invite you to the upcoming high-level post event during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Under the chairmanship of Petra De Sutter, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration, Public Enterprises, Telecommunication and the Postal Services, we will delve into crucial topics and initiatives that will shape the future landscape of the postal sector and last mile parcel delivery within the European Union.

    Numerous distinguished speakers such as European Commissioner Thierry Breton and Universal Postal Union director-general Masahiko Metoki will be present and share their views on the future of the sector.

    Event Overview

    The postal sector and its many different stakeholders are facing many challenges, not least the combat against climate change. This event will serve as a platform to bring together national and international stakeholders for an in-depth discussion on the need for a new postal services directive, with a focus on both ecological and social sustainability.

    Program schedule

    Timing Activity


    Welcome coffee, registration, and security checks


    Welcome & introduction speech by Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter


    Keynote speech 1 by Commissioner Breton


    Panel discussion 1: Going the extra (last) mile: taking into account ecological and social sustainability in the postal sector


    • Heleen Buldeo Rai, Assistant professor and senior researcher at the Mobilise research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    • Elena Fernandez-Rodríguez Chairwoman of PostEurop Board of Directors
      Presentation (PDF, 696.65 KB)
    • Dimitris Theodorakis, Director UNI Europa Post & Logistics
      Developments in postal sector Employment (PDF, 581.44 KB)
    • Dan Sjöblom, Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), as ERGP Chair for 2024




    Keynote speech 2: State of play regarding the new forward-looking study (pre-results) by Merete Clausen, Director for Investment in the European Commission’s  DG GROW and Daniel Vencovsky, RPA Prague
    Prospective study on the future of the postal sector (PDF, 523.84 KB)


    Panel discussion 2: New regulatory challenges – a postal services directive fit for the digital age


    • Goyens Monique, Director General BEUC
    • Stefano Mauro, Policy Director Ecommerce Europe
    • Rita Silva, Head of European Union Affairs at ANACOM
    • German VazquezHead of International Postal Unit at the Ministry of Transports and Sustainable Mobility SpainEuropean Committee for Postal Regulation (CERP) WG Policy Chair




    Keynote speech 3: ”Look into the future“ by UPU Deputy Director General, Marjan Osvald


    Remarks by UPU Director General Masahiko Metoki


    Resuming the conference / concluding remarks by Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter


    Networking drink


    Last update
    16 April 2024