ING Belgium first won the public tender to act as the government's principal bank at the end of 2011. The Flemish government organises the tender every four years. In August last year, ING succeeded in renewing its contract for the third time in a row. In August last year, ING succeeded in renewing its contract for the third time in a row.
This means that the Bank will be authorised to handle the Flemish government’s payment transactions up until the year 2024, as well as those of the Flemish government and almost around 100 of its agencies, such as the VDAB (public employment service of Flanders), Flanders Investment & Trade, Lantis (builder of the Oosterweel Link), Vlaams EnergieBedrijf (energy company), De Lijn (public transport company), VRT (public service broadcaster), Tourism Flanders, Ghent University Hospital , OVAM (public waste agency), Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Kind en Gezin (child and family health agency), etc. ING will also arrange any necessary bank guarantees.
Payments totalling EUR 100 billion p.a.
The payments made on behalf of the government average EUR 100 billion and represent more than 10 million transactions p.a. The Flemish government believes that ING’s offer presents a number of advantages:
“ING is now well acquainted with our operations and this has only increased our confidence in recent years. In addition, the Bank gives us a credit line of EUR 3.75 billion, which provides extra stability and flexibility. This also allows Flanders to maintain a favourable rating.”
Matthias Diependaele, Flemish Minister of Finance and Budget
The renewed partnership represents an important milestone for ING and confirms the Flemish government’s place as the bank’s largest customer.
“We are delighted that the Flemish government has reaffirmed its confidence in us. ING will also be responsible for paying the monthly salaries of no fewer than 240,000 teachers and civil servants, which is a big responsibility. It shows that ING, with its strong international network, is a partner for all segments of our society. And that makes us particularly proud.
Erik Van Den Eynden, CEO of ING Belgium
After 2024, the contract can be renewed twice for two years at a time, until 2028.