August 01, 2008 13:26 ET

Fortis announces further initiatives to improve dialogue with shareholders

BRUSSEL, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - August 1, 2008) -

Information meetings scheduled in Belgium and the Netherlands

Fortis announces that its increased communications efforts will be continued through the organisation of information meetings with shareholders. These meetings will be held in Belgium and the Netherlands in the second half of August.

As announced earlier, Fortis recognises the need to further intensify the dialogue with its shareholders. CEO Herman Verwilst has stated repeatedly that one of his priorities is restoring confidence in the company and reconnecting with all shareholders. On 19 July a special website was launched to adddress questions of shareholders and customers. So far, more than 40,000 people have visited the Fortis website and 2,500 questions have been asked. Over time this site will be further developed and further filled with information of interest to our shareholders.

In its meeting of today, the Board of Directors discussed several proposals to intensify the dialogue with the investor community. The Board came to the conclusion that information meetings with shareholders are a very efficient and expedient way to achieve this. Such events are an excellent opportunity to give information, answer questions, and exchange views. The meetings will be held in the second half of August 2008 in both Belgium and the Netherlands. The exact times and locations will be announced shortly.

Fortis is currently exploring additional ways to improve the dialogue with shareholders. New initiatives in this respect will be announced in due course.

Fortis is an international provider of banking and insurance services to personal, business and institutional customers. We deliver a total package of financial products and services through our own high-performance channels and via intermediaries and other partners. Fortis ranks among Europe's top 20 financial institutions. We have a presence in over 50 countries and a dedicated, professional workforce of more than 65,000. All this makes us a leader in financial services in Europe, a top 3 private banker and a top tier asset manager. More information is available at

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