According to Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan, the closure of the branches was only the beginning of the transformation of Czech Post. According to him, it should turn into a super office offering a wide range of services. Delivery (mainly parcels) will then be taken over by a new independent institution called Balíkovna. The change will cost about three billion crowns.
On Tuesday, the chairman of the STAN movement and the Minister of the Interior, Vít Rakušan, presented the next steps in the ongoing transformation of the Czech Post. “I perceive the transformation of Czech Post as one of the most important and visible transformation projects of this government,” he said. He emphasized that the cancellation of the branches was only the beginning of the whole process.
According to him, today the post office performs functions that are no longer of interest. “We want to present such a portfolio of services that will be available everywhere in the Czech Republic, that will be of interest, and that will help the state and the post office,” says the minister.
The post office is now supposed to be a place that mediates digital communication with the state for those citizens who cannot do it themselves. According to the ministry’s estimates, there are about 20% of the Czech population, which is more than the European average.
It is also supposed to become an extended hand of some authorities, from which it will take over part of the agenda. “She will be able to provide them at lower costs for the state or with greater comfort and accessibility for citizens,” plans the Austrian. The plan is also to expand banking services at the post office.
From 2025, there is to be a complete separation of these official services, which will continue to operate under Czech Post, and a larger part of delivery services, which will be taken over by a new independent institution called Balíkovna. “They will work in a different way and come up with new services,” explained the minister. Change should be gradual.
According to the CEO of the Czech Post, Miroslav Štěpán, the change should amount to about three billion crowns. He wants to get them mainly from the state, i.e. from taxpayers’ money. She doesn’t have them herself.