The main purpose of this Act is to transpose the third EU Postal Directive (Directive 2008/6/EC), which provides for the final phase of the opening of the postal services market, as well as maintaining the obligation to ensure the universal postal service. The Act sets out the regulatory obligations for postal service providers and designates ComReg, as the national regulatory authority for postal services.
The Act also:
- amends the regulation of free postage for electoral candidates, to allow the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to designate postal service providers other than An Post to provide this service;
- enables the Minister for Communications to establish, maintain and operate a national postcode system; and
- amends Broadcasting legislation, principally to give legal effect to Budget 2011 decisions regarding payments from TV Licence receipts, including a provision for the funding of TG4.