Belgian postal services company De Post/La Poste will close 277 offices in 2007 as part of its restructuring plan, Belgian daily De Standaard said on November 22, 2006.
De Post hopes to compensate the closure of offices in its loss-making postal network with the opening of 189 PostPunten sales counters at banks, supermarkets and news stand in 2007.
The company currently has 136 PostPunten counters. It plans to operate 1,300 offices and counters in 2007, but to reduce substantially the number of post offices to 650 from 1,249 by 2009.
De Post/La Poste will shut down the first 99 offices in February 2007, according to Lieve Van Overbeke, representative of the ACV trade union. The closures will affect 219 employees.
Source: Belgian Business Digest