Mr Magnette (Francophone liberal) had some research done to answer a parliamentary question posed by Cécile Thibaut of the Francophone greens.
Belgians sending an "old-fashioned" letter had 14,100 boxes at their disposal in 2007. Last year, this number had dropped to 13,573. This means that in five years' time, some 500 post boxes were taken out of service, that's some 100 each year or one every three days.
The Belgian post company Bpost underlines that a post box is only removed when it turns out that is hardly being used or not at all. "Bpost has always made an effort to provide an accessible service in the whole country", Mr Magnette said.
Some post boxes were also moved to another place, but there are no statistics available about this.