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(VALID FROM 22/04/2013)
These terms and conditions govern BNP Paribas Fortis savings accounts and replace and supersede the Specific Terms and Conditions for Savings Accounts filed on
16 December 2002 in Brussels with the 6th Bureau, Volume 276, Sheet 17, Section 3, in continuous application.
The General Terms and Conditions of BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV (hereinafter the “Bank”) apply to any and all aspects not specified in this document.
The provisions hereof apply to all savings accounts, irrespective of their material form or trade name.
Savings account transactions are communicated to customers by account statements.
All credit transactions are permitted irrespective of their amount.
Under current tax regulations, withdrawals from regulated savings accounts can only be made for the following transactions:
Withdrawals other than for the transactions cited above are not permitted as these may lead to loss of partial withholding tax exemption on income generated by the savings account. The account holder must therefore ensure that any withdrawals comply with the above-mentioned criteria.
In contrast to Article 26 of the General Terms and Conditions of the Bank, the latter may, on either a specific or a general basis, impose a notice period of five calendar days on withdrawals exceeding EUR 1,250 and may limit to EUR 2,500 per fortnight.
Withdrawals may be made by the account holder, a duly authorized person or a legal representative acting within his capacity.
All withdrawals must be confirmed with a receipt.
The remuneration of savings accounts is comprised of the basic interest and a loyalty premium.
The interest and premiums are calculated separately on an annual rate. The Bank fixes the basic rate and loyalty premium rate in accordance with tax regulations in force.
The basic savings rate and the loyalty premium rates are published in the “Scale of Rates and Charges” available to customers at all the Bank's branches and on the websites www.bnpparibasfortis.be and www.hellobank.be. Rates can vary according to market conditions or changes in the statutory rate ceilings. Customers are advised of any changes in the basic and premium rates via message enclosed with the next account statement.
Savings account holders receive an annual account statement detailing the interest paid. This statement itemizes the amount of the basic interest and loyalty premium paid.
The basic savings rate
The basic savings rate is calculated on a daily basis.
This rate is not guaranteed and may change daily depending on any rate changes.
A single basic savings rate is applied per savings account at any given time.
The loyalty premium
To be eligible for a loyalty premium, the deposit must have been in the account for twelve consecutive months.
A loyalty premium is automatically renewed for a further period of 12 months.
The loyalty premium rate applied at pay-in, or at the beginning of a new loyalty period, remains applicable for the
The value date is the date on which the deposit begins or ceases to accrue interest. Interest begins to accrue on a deposit from the calendar day after the date on which the deposit is made and ceases to accrue interest on the calendar day of the withdrawal.
Nevertheless, in the case of an internal transfer between two BNP Paribas Fortis accounts, the value date for both accounts is equal to the transfer date.
Withdrawals are allocated to amounts with the least advanced premium-building period.
Any basic interest and loyalty premium earned are calculated annually on 1 January of the following year and are added to the savings account's principal on 2 January, with the value date of 1 January.
Capitalised interest and premiums are used in the calculation of loyalty premiums at the end of the 12-month acquisition period.
If the deposited amount in a savings account is withdrawn in full during the year, any remuneration that has accrued may be paid out, on demand, at the time of liquidation together with the principal.
Interest and loyalty premiums earned by natural persons are exempt from withholding tax up to the interest ceiling specified in the “Scale of Rates and Charges”.
No interest is paid on savings accounts if the balance is below the threshold specified in the “Scale of Rates and Charges” and no deposits or withdrawals have been made over a 12-month period.
If a deposit or withdrawal on such an account is made, interest will again start to accrue from 1 January of the year in which the transaction takes place.
The Bank reserves the right to charge an annual handling fee on savings accounts with a balance below the threshold specified in the “Scale of Rates and Charges” at the end of the period indicated therein.
The Bank accepts deposits on savings accounts other than regulated savings accounts. Other specific terms and conditions apply to such accounts.
Such accounts do not benefit from the partial exemption from the withholding tax provided for in the Income Tax Code and in the Implementing Orders of this Code.
Any amendment to these Specific Terms and Conditions must be agreed with the customer under the following terms and conditions:
Holders of a savings account must be advised of the amendment by message appended to an account statement or by ordinary letter. The amended text shall be available to customers in all of the Bank's branches and on the websites www.bnpparibasfortis.be and www.hellobank.be.
Subject to statutory or regulatory requirements, the amendments shall come into effect on the first day of the second month following that in which notification is given.
Customers who reject the proposed amendment shall have the same length of time in which to terminate their business relationship with the Bank at no charge.
Holders of savings accounts in disagreement about the application of the rules governing the functioning of the savings account and the interest calculation should submit their complaint to:
BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV
Montagne du Parc/Warandeberg 3
within three months following the date on which the interest and premium were credited to the savings account.
Concerning savings accounts in existence on 1 April 2009, the following rules apply:
Premium-building periods for growth and loyalty premiums resulting from the specific conditions in effect until 31 March 2009 will continue to be valid, in line with these specific conditions. As soon as a new period begins, this period will fall within the scope of application of the new conditions.
As of 1 April 2009, each of the premiums (loyalty or growth) possesses the loyalty premium rate applicable on this date. This rate is guaranteed for the entire period remaining in order that premiums be acquired.
The Regulated Savings Account is a product of BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, Montagne du Parc / Warandeberg 3, 1000 Brussels, RPM/RPR 0403.199.702, acting herein as provider of the service.
BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV is subject to the prudential supervision of the National Bank of Belgium, Boulevard de Berlaimont 14, 1000 Brussels and the supervision on investor and consumer protection of the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), rue du Congrès 12-14, 1000 Brussels and authorised as insurance agent under FSMA number 25789 A.
The Regulated Savings Account is governed by the Special Terms and Conditions for Regulated Savings Accounts.
The payment of interests on a Regulated Savings Account consists of two elements, all expressed in a percentage on an annual basis: a basic interest and a loyalty bonus:
The basic interest rate and the loyalty bonus for BNP Paribas Fortis' Savings Accounts are included in the scale of charges available for consultation in BNP Paribas Fortis branches and at www.bnpparibasfortis.be
More detailed information about the return on Regulated Savings Accounts and the calculation method is included in Article 5 of the aforementioned Special Terms and Conditions applicable to Regulated Savings Accounts.
The interests on a Regulated Savings Account benefit from the tax exemption of EUR 1,880 per year (2015).
There is no charge for opening, closing and managing the Regulated Savings Account. Account statements and all transactions are also free of charge.
An annual management fee of EUR 2.50 is made for accounts with a balance of less than EUR 25 on which no transactions have been carried out for ten years and where the holder is at least 24 years old and has no other accounts with BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV.
The bank may amend the above features, terms and conditions of the Regulated Savings Account at any time. In that case, the relevant information will also be amended accordingly.
You are entitled to withdraw from your Regulated Savings Account without penalty and without being required to state your grounds. You may avail yourself of this right within 14 calendar days of signing the contract.
In that case you will only have to pay any costs relating to services that have actually been provided, at the prevailing rates. If you do not avail yourself of this right, your Regulated Savings account will continue to exist for an indefinite period.
In accordance with the provisions of Article 14 of the General Terms and Conditions of BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, both you and BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV can close the Regulated Savings Account.
The relations that bind you to the bank, both the relations preceding the opening of the account and the relations resulting from such opening, are governed by Belgian law.
Legal claims in relation to the savings account agreement and its execution will be heard by the court specified in Article 23 of the General Terms and Conditions of BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV.
Any communication in connection with, or resulting from, the opening of the savings account must be in the language recorded in the files of the bank at the start of the relationship.
Without prejudice to any legal remedy, you may submit any complaints in writing to:
BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV
Montagne du Parc/Warandeberg 3
Fax: +32 (0)2 228 72 00
If you are not satisfied with the solution proposed by the bank, you may submit the dispute to:
Mediation Service Banks - Credit - Investments
rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 15-17, Box 8