PostEurop represents 52 Universal Postal Service Providers across Europe and is a restricted (i.e. regional) Union of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The postal sector is a major contributor to, and facilitator of trade within the European Union and globally. The postal network is an open access channel and a vital facilitator of trade linking public administrations, businesses and consumers as well as enabling small business enterprises and social customers to access efficient communications and e-commerce services on a global scale.

The postal sector is one of the largest employers with over 2.1 million employees across wider Europe, reaching over 800 million people daily.

Efficient and effective postal services are essential to the social fabric and economic life of the European Union, and as a Service of General Economic Interest (SGEI), plays an important social function: postal operators are there to provide a quality, accessible and affordable universal postal service to all, as defined not only in the European Postal Services Directive, but also as signatories to the Universal Postal Union Treaty to which all countries, including EU Member States, are members.´