Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter (Green), who is responsible for Bpost, is not in favor of abolishing the concession for the distribution of newspapers and magazines. It concerns a social service in which the government can safely intervene financially to some extent.
The core cabinet will again consider the file regarding the concession for the distribution of newspapers and magazines on Wednesday. That contract is now with Bpost, but it could end soon. A report from the FPS Economy puts forward two competitors to be responsible for the distribution over the next four years: PPP and Proximy.
In ‘The Morning’ on Wednesday, Minister De Sutter did not want to anticipate the core decision. Although she does note that the rules for public procurement are very strict and that an objectification of the procedure must prevent any influence. “My first concern is the concern about the possible consequences for the company,” De Sutter said on Radio 1. If Bpost ignores the concession, “it is the government’s responsibility to see what we can do to avoid naked layoffs.” to avoid”.
In any case, abolishing the concession is not an option for her. There have been calls among the Liberals for some time to revise this concession and now even to abolish it. For the green minister, people must receive their newspaper in the morning. After all, not everyone can read them digitally. “The paper newspaper will last for a while. That is important for democracy – there are principles behind it. That concession serves a social interest and the state may intervene if this cannot be arranged in the market.”
It is possible that a decision will be made on Wednesday. In any case, there is some haste involved. The new concession will come into effect from January. If Bpost were to lose the contract, the company would be responsible for the distribution for another six months.