The transition team of the president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), will propose to block the privatization process of the Post Office.
“Our idea is to recommend removing, putting an end to this story of privatizing the Post Office. I think we foresee what the president thinks about it”, said this Friday (18) Paulo Bernardo, former Minister of Communications and member of the transition .
The project that paves the way for the privatization of the Post Office was approved by the Chamber of Deputies in August 2021 by 286 votes in favor and 173 against. Since then, it has been stalled in the Senate – it is currently awaiting consideration by the Economic Affairs Committee.
Bernardo said that the technical group on communications scheduled a meeting with members of the Post Office for next week.
“We think [barrar o processo de privatização] It should be done right away. We have not decided, we are going to point out directions. In this case, I think there is a coincidence, the government will want it,” said the former minister.
Lula has already promised to block the privatization of the Post Office.
Bernardo said that the transition team should also suggest separating the EBC channels that deal with public and government communication.
To privatize the Post Office, the government would first need Congressional approval so that postal services, currently provided by the Post Office under a monopoly regime, are explored by the private sector.
The objective of the project under analysis by Congress is to eliminate the restriction on the entry of companies in the sector, increasing competition. Today, Correios has a monopoly on sending letters, telegrams and other messages.
If the project is approved by the Legislature and sanctioned, the government is then authorized to grant the postal activity to the private sector. With this, the Executive will start the study process for the concession notice, which will transfer the activities of Correios to the private sector.