- mail consisting of large numbers of identical items (circulars or advertisements) sent to individual addresses at less than 1st-class rates and paid for in one lot
- The reserved area also continues to include upstream services and the conveyance of bulk mail.
- Also included are direct, non-bulk subscriptions to newspapers and periodicals, whether by mail, electronic transmission or other means.
- Thus, there is a fundamental difference between single items and large sorted shipments (also called pre-sorted bulk mail).
- As for bulk mailing, local operators are active in large towns for mail weighing more than 50 g. Lastly, express mail and parcels are liberalised markets on which national and international operators compete .
- From 1 January 2006, the reserved area is limited to letters up to 50 g and 2,5 times the basic tariff for priority mail. The reserved area also continues to include upstream services and the conveyance of bulk mail.
- For the provision of services for all users, including businesses, bulk mailers and consolidators of mail from different users, universal service providers may enjoy more price flexibility in line with the cost-orientation principle.
- whenever universal service providers apply special tariffs, for example for services for businesses, bulk mailers or consolidators of mail from different users, they shall apply the principles of transparency and non-discrimination with regard both to the tariffs and to the associated conditions.
- In view of the nature and effects of the reform, which aligns the contributions made by La Poste on those of its competitors, the Commission considers that the assessment of the compatibility of the aid measures must be carried out with regard to the establishment of a level playing field for social security contributions and tax payments between La Poste and its competitors in the mail/parcels and financial services sectors, which make up the bulk of La Poste's activities .