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Translation validity: 24.10.2013.–31.12.2018.
Amendments not included: 20.09.2018.

Board of the Public Utilities Commission
Decision No.1/27

Adopted 2 October 2013

Regulations On the General Authorisation in the Postal Sector

Issued pursuant to Section 10 of the Postal Law and
Section 25, Paragraph one of the
Law On Regulators of Public Utilities

1. Regulations on the general authorisation in the postal sector (hereinafter - regulations) prescribe the regulations on the general authorisation to be conformed by a postal operator in providing postal services.

2. A postal operator shall conform to the laws and regulations in force, the decisions taken and administrative acts issued by the Public Utilities Commission (hereinafter - Regulator).

3. A postal operator shall provide information to the Regulator in the amount and in accordance with the procedures laid down in laws and regulations.

4. Upon request of the Regulator a postal operator shall provide information that is necessary for the performance of the functions of the Regulator and for the supervision of the performance of the conditions of the general authorisation.

5. A postal operator shall provide information to the Regulator in accordance with Paragraphs 3 and 4 of this Regulation, if it has discontinued the provision of postal services, however, has not yet sent a notice on termination of activities of a postal operator in accordance with the procedures and within the time period laid down in laws and regulations.

6. A postal operator shall pay the State fee for the regulation of public utilities in the amount and in accordance with the procedures laid down in laws and regulations.

7. A postal operator shall ensure individual internal accounting for each type of postal service. Such individual accounting shall be internally separated from the remaining accounting.

8. A postal operator shall make contributions into the universal postal service compensation fund for compensation of the net costs arising from the universal postal service in accordance with the procedures laid down in laws and regulations.

9. A postal operator shall conform to the national standards of the Republic of Latvia, which are mandatorily applicable in providing postal services.

10. A postal operator shall conform to the requirements laid down in laws and regulations regarding the secret of postal items and confidentiality of the information stored.

11. A postal operator shall conform to the requirements of consumer rights protection laid down in laws and regulations.

12. A postal operator shall ensure the protection of users' data in accordance with the laws and regulations in the field of personal data protection.

13. A postal operator shall conform to the laws and regulations regarding opening of postal items.

14. A postal operator shall use a date stamp for deletion of postage stamps and shall use a date stamp for verification of the place and date of acceptance, sending, receipt or issuance postal items, as well as receipts issued by the operator itself.

15. The liabilities of a postal operator and financial responsibility thereof for postal items shall be determined by a contract entered into with the user regarding provision of postal services. The postal operator shall include the financial responsibility in the conditions of the contract for postal items of a postal operator stipulated in laws and regulations.

16. A postal operator shall ensure a user with a possibility of getting acquainted with the provisions for providing postal services in the official language.

17. A postal operator which provides traditional postal services shall accept a cross-border postal item for sending to such foreign states, the postal operator of which allows it.

18. A postal operator shall issue a cross-border postal item to an addressee in the territory of the Republic of Latvia after the necessary customs formalities have been completed and taxes have been paid, if it is provided for in the relevant laws and regulations in customs matters and the field of taxes.

19. A postal operator which provides traditional postal services shall deliver ordinary letter correspondence items to an addressee without receiving a signature upon receipt by inserting them in the mailbox of the addressee.

20. A postal operator which provides traditional postal services shall issue registered, insured or cash-on-delivery letter correspondence items, ordinary, insured or cash-on-delivery postal parcels to the addressee receiving a signature after a personal identification document is presented or to an authorised person - after a power of attorney is presented.

21. A postal operator shall notify information regarding receipt of a registered, insured or cash-on-delivery letter correspondence item to the addressee in electronic form, if the postal operator and the addressee have an agreement thereupon, not later than on the following working day when the relevant postal item was received at the place where postal services are provided to the addressee.

22. A postal operator shall notify information regarding receipt of an ordinary, insured or cash-on-delivery postal parcel to the addressee in electronic form, if the postal operator and the addressee have an agreement thereupon, not later than on the following working day when the relevant postal item was received at the place where postal services are provided to the addressee.

23. A postal operator which provides traditional postal services shall accept direct mail for sending to at least 500 addressees at the same time.

24. A postal operator which provides traditional postal services shall ensure that for cross-border postal items the sender fills in the relevant accompanying documents of the postal item.

25. A postal operator shall accept cross-border postal parcels from a sender after examining their content. The postal operator shall accept inland postal parcels in closed form. If the sender chooses, the postal operator may accept inland postal parcels open with a list of the content of the postal parcel.

26. A postal operator which provides express mail services and courier services shall ensure that the recipient signs on the accompanying document of the postal item for delivery of the postal item, which certifies the fact of delivering the postal item. The postal operator shall store the accompanying document of the postal item for two years.

27. Decision No. 1/10 of the Public Utilities Commission of 7 December 2009, Regulations On the General Authorisation in the Postal Sector (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2009, No. 195), is repealed.

28. This Regulation shall come into force on the day following the publication thereof in the newspaper Latvijas Vēstnesis [the official Gazette of the Government of Latvia].

Informative Reference to the European Union Directives

This Regulation contains legal norms arising from:

1) Directive 97/67/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 December 1997 on common rules for the development of the internal market of Community postal services and the improvement of quality of service;

2) Directive 2002/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 June 2002 amending Directive 97/67/EC with regard to the further opening to competition of Community postal services;

3) Directive 2008/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 February 2008 amending Directive 97/67/EC with regard to the full accomplishment of the internal market of Community postal services.

Chair of the Public Utilities Commission V. Lokenbahs

 


Translation © 2014 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Public Utilities Commission Type: decision Document number: 1/27Adoption: 02.10.2013.Entry into force: 24.10.2013.End of validity: 15.04.2019.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 207, 23.10.2013. OP number: 2013/207.10
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