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EU TRANSPORT ministers have backed a plan to open up the postal services to full competition in 2011, two years later than originally planned due to opposition mainly from France and Italy.

The agreement to liberalise the 88 billion euro sector came on Monday in Luxembourg after months of disagreement over the timetable and how to tackle its possible negative consequences.

The commission believes that the postal reform may boost new technologies of delivery used by European consumers.

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