Ending a year long stand off, EU Member States have agreed to liberalise the postal sector—valued at EUR 88 billion—by 2011, two years after the European Commission’s initial target year. Eleven Member States were granted two additional years to prepare for cross-border competition. Among other things, the agreement opens to competition all aspects of the postal sector including the delivery of letters of less than 50 grammes, which were typically shielded from competition. Member States, however, may dictate terms to providers of postal services, including: (i) uniform tariffs between rural and urban areas; (ii) sufficient access to post offices; and (iii) minimum delivery requirements. While consumer groups have voiced approval, postal workers in certain Member States have vowed to strike. The agreement still needs approval from the European Parliament, which is expected to be given in the first quarter of 2008.