Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister: "Many Belgians are currently wondering how they can continue to pay their ever-increasing energy bills on top of their recurrent expenses. The deferral of mortgage payments as proposed by the banks will help those who need it to get through the winter. The current energy price crisis will require efforts from everyone. In this context, it is really important to be able to count on our banks, as during the covid period."
Johan Thijs, Chairman Febelfin: "The Belgian banks want to provide maximum support to their customers who are at risk of financial difficulties in this complicated and uncertain period. By acting quickly, we as a sector were able to work out a package of measures in a very short time and have them enter into force as early as the 1st of October. This should enable our customers to ease their family or business budgets for a year, pending normalisation of energy prices and resolution of geopolitical conflicts. At the same time, we call on all economic players in society to consider where, each in their own field, they can offer some form of support to families and businesses in difficulty and thus work together towards a sustainable future."
Karel Baert, CEO Febelfin: "With winter just around the corner and energy prices skyrocketing, many families and businesses are faced with an uncertain financial future. As part of the financial sector, we aim to fulfil our social role as an expression of solidarity, just as we did during the Covid-19 crisis. We want to offer maximum support to those who are in a particularly difficult situation, and in this way, help provide a solution for the consequences of this energy crisis. Exceptional times require exceptional efforts. The support measures outlined by us today will benefit those who need this the most. All bank employees will do their utmost to assist everyone as best they can."