Firms in the EU’s peripheral regions face several challenges compared to firms in urban regions. Smaller addressable market size and customer base, weaker infrastructure, and lower innovation rates are a few examples of such challenges, which all translate into an overarching challenge of socio-economic cohesion in the EU.
In the spring of 2020, the EU Commission’s DG GROW opened a process of evaluating the EU Postal Services Directive, an important regulatory framework for national postal operators in the EU.
Against this background, this study analyses three relevant research questions for e-commerce and postal sector business and policy decision-makers:
- What is the value of B2C e-commerce from peripheral regions in the EU?
- How much of this value is supported by the EU postal networks?
- How much of it is exported to other countries, thereby supporting further social cohesion and growth in peripheral areas?