Positive results in discussions of post office network working group
Pressemeldung from 25.01.2005
Figures submitted by Österreichische Post AG confirmed by experts
Control Board installed upon proposal by Österreichische Post AG
Goal: finding adequate alternatives as soon as possible
Today’s meeting of the working group ended on a positive note. No objections were raised against the postal service concept submitted by Österreichische Post AG. Österreichische Post AG has already held talks with more than 90 percent of the mayors affected by the restructuring plans in order to arrive at alternative solutions. The situation in the communities of Schlins, St. Michael near Bleiburg, and Hornstein has been evaluated, as requested by the Austrian Association of Municipalities. At the working group meeting, it was reported that the figures indicated by Österreichische Post AG were comprehensible and reflected the actual business situation of the post offices. This confirms that the data submitted by Österreichische Post AG is correct and compliant with the requirements. What is more, the Control Board proposed by Österreichische Post AG will be set up, including one member each from the Austrian Association of Municipalities and Österreichische Post AG, and one expert to be nominated by both parties.
In cases of dispute, the Board can be appealed to by local authorities and issue recommendations. The Control Board is expected to provide first results to the working group by the end of February. Member of Österreichische Post AG’s Management Board Götz is optimistic that given the climate of consent in the talks with the local communities it will be possible to quickly find alternative solutions. Götz underlined once again that no post offices will be closed down without a viable alternative and that postal service coverage throughout Austria will be ensured in any case, either by way of stationary alternative solutions (Post Partners) or mobile services (rural delivery).
For more information please contact:
Österreichische Post AG
Phone: +43 (1) 515 51 – 32010
Vienna, 25 January 2005