La Poste: a former elected official calls on the State to fill the billions of deficit

L’Will the State put its hand in the wallet to fill the deficit of La Poste? In any case, this is what the former deputy of Lot Jean Launay is asking for, who submitted a report to the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The former elected representative proposes to tax telecommunications operators and to draw directly from the state budget to make up for the company’s universal service deficit. The universal postal service (basic services, including collection and delivery six days a week), imposed by law, has been in deficit since 2018 and the hole widened to 1.32 billion euros last year . This deficit is attributable to the collapse in the volumes of mail transported by La Poste, which the growth in parcels has not offset.

“In the absence of a reform of the universal postal service, its annual deficit projected to 2025 would be of the order of 0.9 billion euros,” writes Jean Launay in his report published on Friday 28 May. “Because of its low use and its high cost, the question of the future of D + 1 (delivery the next day, editor’s note) must be asked” to limit the deficit, notes the rapporteur, referring to the “red stamp” in particular competition from electronic exchanges, which each household used 5 times last year, compared to 45 times in 2008.

Bercy’s response

According to him, we could instead consider “a hybrid method, consisting in being able to send a letter in digital format on, which will be rematerialized overnight by La Poste, and distributed the next day by the postman”. Even if delivery times would be revised, “maintaining mail and parcel distribution six days a week is imperative”, underlines Jean Launay, also keen to keep “reasonable” prices.

Jean Launay suggests exempting the services of the universal postal service from the payroll tax (270 million), widening the tax on electronic communication operators (Toce) and voting an “additional annual budgetary allocation”. Bercy replied that discussions would take place and that Minister Bruno Le Maire would speak on the subject in the coming weeks.

Jean Launay’s report “(joins) La Poste’s analysis concerning the attachment of the French and elected officials to the public service missions entrusted to La Poste, the need to adapt these missions to the expectations of citizens and the need for them. fair compensation ”, reacted the public group.

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