By the beginning of next year at the latest, consumers will be able to pay electronically at every store. It’s just one of the actions outlined in the finance minister’s fraud and fraud prevention plan, Vincent van Bettieghem (CD&V), which Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen mentioned on Thursday. “Cash remains a valid means of payment, and consumers simply have to have the choice,” says van Bettighem.
In our country, consumers pay cash in six out of ten cases, in Holland that is a third. “It also has to do with the fact that it’s not possible to pay by card everywhere,” says van Bettieghem. Electronic transactions also make it difficult for traders to cheat.
Thus, the obligation of merchants to offer at least one electronic payment method is included in Van Peteghem’s anti-fraud plan. In the coming weeks, Van Peteghem will be conducting consultations with self-employed organizations, universal banking organization Febelfin, and payment platforms.
Deputy Prime Minister CD&V’s plan received the go-ahead from the government this week. The common denominator going through this plan is more cooperation between the various government services. “Criminals love nothing more than the fact that we are all on our island,” says van Bettieghem. The plan also includes dissolving shell companies, keeping a close eye on large construction sites, and halting tax defaulters on the highway.
This year, the plan should produce 200 million, next year 400 million, in 2023 700 million and from 2024 1 billion euros. There are 29 actions in the plan. These actions are goals for which government services have defined what needs to be done now, what is possible in the short term and which service will take the lead.