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After whole day of commotion: Bpost let customers, but does not pay to withdraw money
Consumer Bpost bank attracts the decision back to withdraw money to pay for a part of the customers. The adjustment is not applied, is tonight in a press release. “We find that we too quickly have gone into making this decision, and we have the importance of free pickups for our customers to be underestimated,” said bpost bank. “To meet the concerns of our customers bpost bank therefore decided to make the change in the rates not to apply.”

Customers with a b.compact account would be according to the announced changes to the rates from march 18, 50 cent will have to pay per geldafhaling, also to the own machines. Once a month they would still be able to pick up at no extra cost.

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The decision immediately received a lot of criticism. They would go against a herenakkoord that the banking sector in 2004,. That 24 withdrawals per year from vending machines of the private bank should be free.

Minister of Consumers Kris Peeters (CD&V) reacted already satisfied on the withdrawal. “Bpost attracts decision to geldafhaling paying. Good thing that the herenakkoord means that customers are entitled to get at least 24 free withdrawals per year”, tweette Peeters.

Test Purchase responded wroth at the news. “This is the world on its head”, she said. After a whole day of commotion returned to Bpost, yet his cart. Customers will not have to pay more to withdraw money at Bpost itself.

Frédéric Jonnart of the bpost bank clarified that the measure applied to the customers with the free b.compact account. It comes to a quarter of the customers (140.000). “The b-compact-accounts are focused on our 100 percent digital customers, who have little or no cash. The remaining customers do not pay for the collection of cash money,” said spokesman Jonnart yet.

Digital transition

“The pressure of the banks in the direction of a cashless and digital society is getting larger,” Test Purchase. “That transition over to quickly and too aggressively. A recent poll shows that 1 consumer 3 cash would continue to use. Not all shops accept debit cards. A large part of the population has cash need money.”

Test Purchase calls for free withdrawals of cash from the vending machines of the private bank and five free withdrawals per month at atms of competing banks.

According to the consumer organisation have a lot of banks since the beginning of 2019 cost increases can be introduced. “Sometimes even with the price increases of up to 50%. Most of the increases relate to the cost of bank cards (mainly credit cards) of some bundles (annual lump sum), cash withdrawals and any action that the intervention of banks assumes.”

“Cash costs 129 euro per year per inhabitant”

“There is an idea in the minds of the people that banking is free, but cash has a cost of 129 euro per year per inhabitant.” That has Rodolphe de Pierpont, the president of Febelfin, the Belgian federation of the financial sector, it said. There was a storm of criticism after taking off, as banks, their customers want to pay for it out of the wall of cash.

“It is not the intention to go to a cashless society to evolve, but there are of course more and more digital solutions to pay instead of using cash. The things in 30 years has evolved, but cash will not disappear,” says Pierpont.

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