Editorial: that’s all regional policy – Western Life

Drawn by Ott Vallik.
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Omniva has embarked on a major reform of the postal network. In Saaremaa, the state-owned company closes eight post offices. In Lääne-Lääne County, Lääne County, it has been proposed to close half of the post offices – the municipality’s last post office in Pürks and three post offices in the more remote corners of the local government. There are also plans to pick up a larger section of mailboxes.

When asked why four post offices are being closed in Lääne-Nigula municipality, the answer is that there is little need for customers: invoices are no longer paid there, letters and postcards are not sent. Post office librarians, on the other hand, say otherwise – letters and postcards are being sent more and more. However, the talk of a unprofitable universal postal service sounds like a mantra year after year – two million euros last year, three million euros last year. However, Eesti Post does not only deal with the universal postal service. The net profit of the Estonian state-owned group was 14 million last year – four million more than last year.

The loss of the universal postal service is out of the question, because the universal postal service does not have to and cannot be profitable. There is no profit in the periphery. At the same time, the state-owned company does everything it can to reduce what it calls the needs of its customers. The payment of bills at post offices decreased drastically when Omniva increased the service fee. If the service fee is the same as the bill itself, then of course the person will find another option. If stamps can soon be ordered only from the Omniva e-shop, the sending of letters and cards will obviously be reduced, and all mailboxes can finally be collected from the outskirts.

The universal postal service, ie the possibility to send a parcel and (registered) letter and to buy a stamp and an envelope, shrinks irreversibly, as it shrinks to smaller centers all over Estonia, from there to county towns, then to Tallinn, where money moves. However, the rest of Estonia, as a loss-making pendant, will eventually disappear and be completely detached from Tallinn. That is all regional policy.

Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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