This paper assesses the potential distortive impacts of state aids and of incumbent firms' market behaviours and business strategies on competitive outcome. The problems emerged within the framework of the third postal directive, the unresolved questions of regulation and the contradictions between postal and other regulations are analyzed in the first part. The second part describes the most typical anti-competitive practices. The third and fourth part discusses the effects of state aids and mergers in the postal sector, finally the Hungarian competition issues are examined.
competition policy postal regulation anti-competitive behavior state aids