3,000 post boxes to be scrapped

3,000 post boxes to be scrapped

Almost one in four post boxes in Belgium are to be removed. The Belgian Post Office Bpost is to reduce the number of post boxes in Belgium from 13,000 to 10,000. Bpost’s spokeswoman Barbara Van Speybroeck told journalists that “The network of red post boxes has not been adapted to changing customer behavior since 2004”. Fewer letters are being posted. Since 2004 the number of letters being posted in Bpost’s network of red post boxes has fallen by 60%. According to figures from Bpost, fewer than 6 letters a day…

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65,000 people take part in Brussels’ Climate March

65,000 people take part in Brussels’ Climate March

Brussels Capitale-Ixelles police say around 65,000 people took part in the Climate March on Sunday. The Brussels march was organised by Climate Express and the Climate Coalition. The march happened at the same time as the 24th UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. Negotiations that aim to breathe new life into the Paris agreement will take place in two weeks. National Environment Day started at 1pm on Sunday, in Brussels’ Gare du Nord. It will end at 5pm, with a climate-based event in Parc Cinquantenaire. There will be…

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BNP Paribas Fortis to transfer 1.9-billion-euro dividend to its French mother company

BNP Paribas Fortis to transfer 1.9-billion-euro dividend to its French mother company

BNP Paribas Fortis will transfer an interim dividend of 1.9 billion euros to its French mother company BNP Paribas, on Tuesday, the Belgian bank announced on Monday. The amount represents BNP Paribas Fortis’ net profit for 2017. In December 2015, BNP Paribas Fortis had remitted two billion euros to Paris and the BNP Paribas Group, which owns over 99.9% of the Belgian bank. The new “exceptional” dividend had been strongly contested at the time by unions because the firm had adopted a strategic plan that included cutting 1,050 posts in…

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